Who is Banwarilal Purohit?

Banwarilal Purohit, a veteran political leader from Vidarbha district of Maharashtra, was a three-time Lok Sabha member from Nagpur constituency.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 6, 2017 1:53 pm
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President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed Banwarilal Purohit, 77, as the governor of Tamil Nadu. The appointment has come at a time when the role of a governor has become extremely crucial in the state as the political crisis has continued to escalate over the last few months. Purohit, who was previously the Governor of Assam, will replace the current governor of Tamil Nadu, Ch. Vidyasagar Rao.

Purohit, a veteran political leader from Vidarbha district of Maharashtra, was a three-time Lok Sabha member from Nagpur constituency. He started his political career in 1977 and was elected to Maharashtra Assembly on a Congress ticket in 1979 and 1980. He was elected twice from Congress, in 1984 and 1989, was elected once from BJP, in 1996. He was ousted from Congress when he took part in kar seva in Ayodhya in 1991, when he was still a member of the party. Also Read: President Kovind appoints new Governors, Banwarilal Purohit made TN Governor

Purohit left BJP in 1999 after a span of eight years. He returned to the Indian National Congress and unsuccessfully contested for Lok Sabha seat from Ramtek in 1999. He went on to launch his own party Vidarba Rajya Party and contested Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur. He again contested elections in 2009 for BJP from Nagpur district but lost against Congress’ Vilas Muttemwar.

He was embroiled in high-drama controversy in 2007 when he claimed he had arranged an hour-long meeting between the then RSS chief Balasaheb Deoras and then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1989. He claimed that Gandhi had forged a secret pact with the RSS to permit Shilanyas and construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya in exchange for support from RSS to the Congress in the 1989 elections.

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  1. Surya Prakasam Prabhala
    Sep 30, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    It is clear BJP is ignoring allies.It paymay the same price as in 2004 pol in 2019
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      Vijay Tumuluri
      Sep 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm
      Banwarilal Purohit is a RSS terrorist who is being appointed as Guv of TN only to facilitate chaos. His only mandated agenda is to work as a PIMP for Amit Shah and Modi to somehow establish BJP rule in TN. Out going guv Vidhyasagar Rao literally did the PIMP work efficiently between the fighting AIDMK factions. WHERE THE FK ARE THE INDIAN GOVERNORS TRAINED TO BE PIMPS? NAGPUR?
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        Giri Gowda
        Sep 30, 2017 at 6:54 pm
        MC.. You are a Terrorist trying to hide under a false hindu name..!! We love our RSS..!! RSS is the savior of Hindu culture and values..!!!
      2. Syed Asif
        Sep 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm
        Ek aur chor Mandir ke naam pe loot machane aagaya
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          Kamal Pasha
          Sep 30, 2017 at 5:24 pm
          In Hinduism, the Maharaj of temple can keep all the gold jewellery and cash with him. Neither Income tax department nor government can ask them to submit accounts.
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            Joseph Mumbai
            Sep 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm
            In Islam all small boys are misled. Promised 72 virgins and wine. In Islam you marry your first cousin. Incest. So Muslims are born re tatds. Be careful what you ask for. Stop your lies regarding Hinduism.
        2. P
          Sep 30, 2017 at 1:58 pm
          Vidarbha is region In Maharashtra not a district.