Governor of Telangana
తెలంగాణ గవర్నరు
Emblem of Telangana
C.P. Radhakrishnan
(additional charge)
since 20 March 2024
  • Hon’ble Governor (within India (English)
  • His/Her Excellency (outside India)
ResidenceRaja Bhavan, Hyderabad
AppointerPresident of India
Term lengthFive years
PrecursorGovernor of Andhra Pradesh
Inaugural holderE. S. L. Narasimhan (additional charge)
Formation2 June 2014
(9 years ago)
Telangana is in southern India.

The Governor of Telangana is the nominal head of state of the Indian state of Telangana and a representative of the President of India and is appointed for a term of five years, and holds office at the president's pleasure. The governor is the de jure head of the state government; all its executive actions are taken in the governor's name. However, the governor must act on the advice of the popularly elected government of Telangana, headed by the chief minister of Telangana, who thus serve as the de facto executive authority of the state. The Constitution of India also empowers the governor to act upon their own discretion, such as the ability to appoint or dismiss a ministry, recommend President's rule, or reserve bills for the president's assent. The governor of Telangana resides at their official residence at the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.

Telangana was bifurcated as an independent state on 2 June 2014. The then governor of united Andhra Pradesh, E. S. L. Narasimhan was appointed as the first governor of the new state and continued to serve as the governor for the dual states until 2019 when Biswabhusan Harichandan was appointed as the governor of Andhra Pradesh. Narasimhan was replaced as the governor of Telangana months later in September 2019 by Tamilisai Soundararajan. Soundararajan also became the first female to hold the office of the state governor. She remained in office until her resignation in March 2024. Following her resignation, the Governor of Jharkhand C. P. Radhakrishnan was appointed to hold the additional charge of the Governor of Telangana.


Article 157 and Article 158 of the Constitution of India specify eligibility requirements for the post of governor. They are as follows:

A governor must:

Powers and functions

See also: Powers and functions of the governor

The governor enjoys many different types of powers:

Apart from enjoying various constitutional powers, the governor of Telangana is the ex-officio Chancellor of the state universities of Telangana. The universities include Osmania University, Kakatiya University, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Mahatma Gandhi University, Palamuru University, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Satavahana University, Sri Konda Laxman Telangana State Horticultural University, Telangana University, and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University.

List of governors

No. Portrait Name
(born – died)
Tenure in office Immediate prior position held Appointed by
From To Time in office
E. S. L. Narasimhan
(born 1945)
(Additional charge until
23 July 2019)
2 June
23 July
5 years, 97 days Governor of Andhra Pradesh Pranab Mukherjee
1 24 July
7 September
2 Tamilisai Soundararajan
(born 1961)
8 September
19 March
4 years, 193 days State President, Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Nath Kovind
C. P. Radhakrishnan
(born 1957)
(Additional charge)
20 March
Incumbent 20 days Governor of Jharkhand (continued) Droupadi Murmu


C. P. RadhakrishnanTamilisai SoundararajanE. S. L. NarasimhanE. S. L. Narasimhan

See also


  1. ^ The Hindu (18 March 2024). "Tamilisai, Telangana Governor and Puducherry Lt. Governor, resigns to contest Lok Sabha polls". Archived from the original on 18 March 2024. Retrieved 18 March 2024.