|29th Governor of Bihar|
|Assumed office |
29 July 2019
|Chief Minister||Nitish Kumar|
|Preceded by||Lalji Tandon|
|Member of Legislative Assembly for |
March 2017 – July 2019
|Preceded by||Shudhakar Singh|
October 1996 – March 2012
|Preceded by||Achaibar Bharti|
|Succeeded by||Shudhakar Singh|
June 1991 – December 1992
|Succeeded by||Achaibar Bharti|
March 1985 – November 1989
|Born||1 January 1948|
Sekhupur, Azamgarh, United Provinces, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|National Democratic Alliance|
|Residence(s)||Sekhupur, Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh |
Vijayant Khand, Gomtinagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Phagu Chauhan (born 1 January 1948) is an Indian politician serving as the 29th and current Governor of Bihar. He is a former member of 17th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh from Ghosi, a seat he won a record six times, representing various parties like Lok Dal, Bahujan Samaj Party, and Bharatiya Janata Party.
Chauhan was born on 1 January 1948 in the village of Sekhupur in Azamgarh district of present-day Uttar Pradesh to Kharpattu Chauhan. He is a graduate. Chauhan is married to Muhari Devi, with whom he has three sons and four daughters.
Chauhan started his political career in 1985 from the political party Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Party and became first time MLA in his political career. After that he contested many Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) elections from different parties and won maximum number of times. In 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election he contested as Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Ghosi and defeated his close contestant Abbas Ansari from Bahujan Samaj Party with a margin of 7,003 votes.
In July 2019, Chauhan was appointed the 29th Governor of Bihar.
During his tenure as Governor of Bihar and also ex-officio Chancellor of State Universities, many universities got tangled into multiple scams which came into light after Bihar Government's Special Vigilance Unit raids. One of which Magadh University's case was most peculiar as Vice Chancellor Rajendra Prasad was booked under Section 420 of IPC for ₹30 Crore fraud. His homes were raided which was first for a VC of University. Chauhan as Chancellor of the University didn't sack the VC who also hails from UP as does Chauhan which fueled some speculations. The VC went on medical leave and thus leaving the position defacto vacant. He said the vigilance raids were not good for the University as it created environment of fear. VC, Exam Controller along with other staff were brought from other Universities and given additional charge. Due to all this Magadh University's academic session suffered longest delays in recent times as multiple exams are pending. Multiple protests erupted over these issues in which effigies of the Governor were burnt which in itself is new as Governor is a respected constitutional position. Students of this University expressed their frustration to Governor Chauhan over delayed session and exams not being conducted and demanded permanent Vice Chancellor and staff or his resignation.
|01||July 2019||Incumbent||Governor of Bihar|||
|02||March 2017||July 2019||Member, 17th Legislative Assembly||BJP|||
|03||May 2007||March 2012||Member, 15th Legislative Assembly||BSP|||
|04||February 2002||May 2007||Member, 14th Legislative Assembly||BJP|||
|05||October 1996||March 2002||Member, 13th Legislative Assembly||BJP|||
|06||June 1991||December 1992||Member, 11th Legislative Assembly||JD|||
|07||March 1985||November 1989||Member, 9th Legislative Assembly||DMKP|||