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Ramesh Bais
Ramesh Bais in 2019
23rd Governor of Maharashtra
Assumed office
18 February 2023
PresidentDroupadi Murmu
Chief MinisterEknath Shinde
Deputy CM
Preceded byBhagat Singh Koshyari
9th Governor of Jharkhand
In office
14 July 2021 – 12 February 2023
PresidentRam Nath Kovind
Droupadi Murmu
Chief MinisterHemant Soren
Preceded byDroupadi Murmu
Succeeded byC. P. Radhakrishnan
18th Governor of Tripura
In office
29 July 2019 – 13 July 2021
PresidentRam Nath Kovind
Chief MinisterBiplab Kumar Deb
Deputy CMJishnu Dev Varma
Preceded byKaptan Singh Solanki
Succeeded bySatyadev Narayan Arya
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byVidya Charan Shukla
Succeeded bySunil Kumar Soni
ConstituencyRaipur, Chhattisgarh
In office
Preceded byKeyur Bhushan
Succeeded byVidya Charan Shukla
ConstituencyRaipur, Madhya Pradesh
Union Minister of Environment & Forests
MoS Independent Charge
In office
9 January 2004 – 23 May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byT. R. Baalu
Succeeded byAndimuthu Raja
Union Minister of Mines Government of India
MoS Independent Charge
In office
29 January 2003 – 8 January 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byUma Bharti
Succeeded byMamata Banerjee
Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Government of India
In office
30 September 2000 – 28 January 2003
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Government of India
In office
13 October 1999 – 30 September 2000
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Union Minister of State for Steel and Mines Government of India
In office
March 1998 – October 1999
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Personal details
Born (1947-08-02) 2 August 1947 (age 76)
Raipur, Central Provinces and Berar, British India
(now in Chhattisgarh, India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseRambai Bais

Ramesh Bais (born 2 August 1947) is an Indian politician and is the 23rd governor of Maharashtra since 2023. He also served as the governor of Jharkhand from 2021 to 2023 and the governor of Tripura from 2019 to 2021.[1] He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and has served as union minister of state (Independent Charge) for environment and forests in the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Bais has been elected seven times to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament, representing the Raipur constituency, including serving as a member of the 9th Lok Sabha (1989) and 11th to 16th Lok Sabha (1996-2019).

Personal life

Bais was born on 2 August 1947 in Raipur, Madhya Pradesh (now in Chhattisgarh) to Khomlal Bais. He completed his Higher Secondary education from B.S.E., Bhopal. He married Rambai Bais on 1 May 1968. They have a son and two daughters. Bais is an agriculturist by profession.[2][3]

Political career

Bais was first elected to Municipal Corporation of Raipur in 1978. He won 1980 MP Assembly election from Mandir Hasod Constituency but lost 1985 Assembly election to his Congress rival Satyanarayan Sharma. He was elected for the first time to the Indian parliament as a member of the 9th Lok Sabha from Raipur in 1989 and was re-elected consecutively from 1996 to 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha.

Positions held

State level

National level

Union Minister

Served as Union Minister of State in Second and Third Vajpayee ministry holding various portfolios such as Steel, Mines, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Information and Broadcasting, and also Minister of State (Independent charge) for Mines and Environment & Forests.


Tenure as governor

As the 10th Governor of Jharkhand, Bais had several noticeable tensions with the state government led by Hemant Soren during his tenure.[7] One of the most prominent issues was his failure to disclose the Election Commission's recommendation on Soren's continuation as MLA over a mining case.[8] Bais also criticised the work culture in Jharkhand and flagged law and order as a significant problem. He returned several bills to the state government citing various loopholes, including bills passed by the government under the leadership of Hemant Soren, and the formation of the Tribal Advisory Council. Bais claimed he works according to the Constitution for the betterment of the state and stated that his successor would decide the fate of pending Bills and unfinished issues.[9][10]


  1. ^ Das, Pinaki (13 July 2021). "Tripura On Road To Development, Says Outgoing Governor Ramesh Bais". Outlook. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Current Lok Sabha Members Biographical Sketch". 5 September 2004. Archived from the original on 5 September 2004. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Rajbhawan". Archived from the original on 12 February 2023. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  4. ^ Sarkar, Ipsita (20 July 2019). "Centre appoints new Governors in 6 states, Anandiben Patel transferred to UP". Zee News. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Ramesh Bais takes oath as Jharkhand Governor". The Hindu. PTI. 14 July 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Ramesh Bais to take over as Maharashtra Governor as Prez accepts Koshyari's resignation". Deccan Herald. 12 February 2023. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  7. ^ "Amit Shah, Jharkhand Governor discuss state issues amid corruption charges against Soren government". ANI News. 28 April 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  8. ^ "Ramesh Bais leaves behind legacy of political showdowns in Jharkhand". The Economic Times. IANS. 12 February 2023. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  9. ^ Angad, Abhishek (15 February 2023). "Ramesh Bais: Did not want to destabilise Jharkhand govt, so didn't share EC opinion in Soren matter". The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  10. ^ "No end in sight to tug-of-war between Jharkhand Governor, Soren govt". Business Standard. IANS. 23 October 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
Lok Sabha Preceded byKeyur Bhushan Member of Parliamentfor Raipur 1989 – 1991 Succeeded byVidya Charan Shukla Preceded byVidya Charan Shukla Member of Parliamentfor Raipur 1996 – 2019 Succeeded bySunil Kumar Soni Political offices Preceded byKaptan Singh Solanki Governor of Tripura 29 July 2019 – 6 July 2021 Succeeded bySatyadev Narayan Arya Preceded byDraupadi Murmu Governor of Jharkhand 7 July 2021 – 17 February 2023 Succeeded byC. P. Radhakrishnan Preceded byBhagat Singh Koshyari Governor of Maharashtra 18 February 2023 - present Incumbent