Rajendra Arlekar
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21st Governor of Himachal Pradesh
Assumed office
13 July 2021
Chief MinisterJai Ram Thakur
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu
Preceded byBandaru Dattatreya
Minister of Forest, Environment, and the Panchayat of Goa
In office
1 October 2015 – 2017 [1]
Member of the Goa Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byDayanand Sopte
Succeeded byManohar Ajgaonkar
Member of the Goa Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byJose Philip D'Souza
Succeeded byJose Philip D'Souza
Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byPratapsingh Rane
Succeeded byAnant Shet
Personal details
Born (1954-04-23) 23 April 1954 (age 68)
Panaji, Goa, Portuguese India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseAnagha Arlekar
CommitteesChairman, Business Advisory Committee
DesignationFormer Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly

Rajendra Arlekar is an Indian statesman who is current and 21st Governor of Himachal Pradesh, being the first person serving as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh from Goa. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Goa and a former speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly. He is a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party.

Political career

Arlekar has been associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since his childhood. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1989. He has been an active member of the Goa BJP since the 1980s. He has held various positions which include the following: General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party, Goa Pradesh. Chairman, Goa Industrial Development Corporation. Chairman, Goa State Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes Financial Development Corporation. General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party, Goa. South Goa President, Bharatiya Janata Party.

When Manohar Parrikar was roped in as the Union Defence Minister in 2014, Arlekar was considered for the next Chief Minister but the Party chose Laxmikant Parsekar as the next Chief Minister instead.

He is credited with making Goa Legislative Assembly paperless, the first state assembly to do so.

In 2015 he was appointed the Minister for Environment and Forests during the reshuffling of the cabinet.

On 6 July 2021 he was appointed Himachal Pradesh Governor when the incumbent Bandaru Dattatreya was made the governor of Haryana. Arlekar thanked the Party and stated that BJP is a Party where the work of each and every member is recognized.[2]


  1. ^ "Pernem MLA Rajendra Arlekar takes oath as minister - Times of India". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Ex-Goa Speaker Rajendra Arlekar is new Himachal Governor". Lokmat English. IANS. 6 July 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
Political offices Preceded byPratapsingh Rane Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly 16 March 2012 - 01 October 2015 Succeeded byAnant Shet Preceded byBandaru Dattatreya Governor of Himachal Pradesh 8 July 2021 - Present Incumbent