Ram Naik
19th Governor of Uttar Pradesh
In office
22 July 2014 – 28 July 2019
Chief MinisterAkhilesh Yadav
Yogi Adityanath
Preceded byAziz Qureshi (Acting)
Succeeded byAnandiben Patel
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byAnoopchand Shah
Succeeded byGovinda Ahuja
ConstituencyMumbai North
Minister of Railways
In office
6 August 1999 (1999-08-06) – 12 October 1999 (1999-10-12)
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byNitish Kumar
Succeeded byMamata Banerjee
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
In office
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Succeeded byMani Shankar Aiyar
Personal details
Born (1934-04-16) 16 April 1934 (age 90)
Sangli, Bombay Presidency, British India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseKunda Naik
Children2 daughters
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2024)
Source: [1]

Ram Naik (born 17 April 1934) is a veteran Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party,[2] served as the 19th Governor of Uttar Pradesh.[3][4]

Political career

Ram Naik was a member of the 13th Lok Sabha and was Minister of Oil and Natural Gas in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet (1999–2004). He was instrumental in introducing Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme. He was the BJP candidate for elections to the 14th Lok Sabha representing Mumbai North, but lost to famous Bollywood actor Govinda, an INC candidate from Virar.

A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh volunteer since childhood,[5] he holds a law degree.[6] He started his political career with the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1964 and was involved in organizing a group of rail commuters in Mumbai.[3] He represented Borivali in the state assembly in 1978 and was re-elected twice,[6] before becoming Minister of State for Railways in 1998, when he was influential in forming the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation.

In 2004 he published a statement in which he demanded apology from the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and chairwoman Sonia Gandhi for removal of quotes from statues dedicated to the Indian revolutionaries, such as Subhas Chandra Bose, Madan Lal Dhingra, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Bhagat Singh, and Bahadur Shah Zafar.[7]

Ram Naik announced in September 2013 that he will not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls.[8] On 14 July 2014 he was named as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh.[4]

Within a few months of his being appointed governor, he stated that "The Ram Temple should be built as soon as possible, this is what the people of this country want and their wishes should be fulfilled."[9] The theme was immediately backed up by Hindutva groups.[10]

Subsequently, his Hindutva remarks seem to have been reined in[11][12] by Narendra Modi.

Personal life

He was born in Sangli district of Maharashtra state. He married Kunda Naik on 17 May 1960 and has two daughters.

Positions held


  1. ^ "Ram Naik to be sworn-in as UP Governor on July 22". Timesofindia Journal. PTI. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  2. ^ "BJP veteran Ram Naik to take oath as UP Governor on 22nd July". News18 India. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Current Governor". Upgovernor.gov.in. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "New Governors of UP, Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Nagaland named". News.biharprabha.com. IANS. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b "A Dialogue with Ram Naik | the Analyst World". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  7. ^ "A statement circulated by Shri Ram Naik, BJP leader in a Press Conference held in New Delhi" (Press release). 3 September 2004. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Former Petroleum Minister Ram Naik not to contest LS elections". Zeenews.india.com. PTI. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  9. ^ Deepshikha Ghosh (12 December 2014). "'Ram Temple the Wish of Indians,' Says Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik". NDTV. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  10. ^ "News18.com: CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". News18 India. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  11. ^ Piyush Srivastava (4 January 2015). "UP Governor Ram Naik buckles under Narendra Modi pressure". India Today. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  12. ^ Saroj Nagi (16 December 2014). "Monkey on Modi's back: Why he can't shrug off the Hindutva elements". The First Post. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
Lok Sabha Preceded byAnoopchand Shah Member of Parliamentfor Mumbai North 1989–2004 Succeeded byGovinda Political offices Preceded by Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas 1999–2004 Succeeded byMani Shankar Aiyar Preceded byAziz QureshiAdditional Responsibility Governor of Uttar Pradesh 22 July 2014 – 28 July 2019 Succeeded byAnandiben Patel