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A Complete List Of Governors Of West Bengal From 1947 Till Date

Whether you are looking for the names, tenure, and other details of the former governors of West Bengal or the current one, you will find all the relevant information here. This post has a complete list of West Bengal governors, starting from 1947 to date.

Besides a comprehensive list of WB governors, the post also answers some of the most commonly asked questions. So, who is the first West Bengal governor? Who is the first woman to become the governor of WB? What is the current West Bengal governor’s name? How many governors have the state had since independence? Read on to learn the answers to all these frequently asked questions about the governors of West Bengal.

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Governors Of West Bengal – An Overview

The first governor of West Bengal after India gained independence was Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari, popularly known as C. Rajagopalachari, C.R, or Rajaji. He was sworn in as the WB governor on 15 August 1947.

C. Rajagopalachari was succeeded by Kailash Nath Katju, who was the second West Bengal governor. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who was the grandson of C. Rajagopalachari (maternal) and Mahatma Gandhi (paternal) also served as the governor of WB from 2004 to 2009.

Other notable names in the list of governors of West Bengal are H.C. Mookerjee, Padmaja Naidu, Shanti Swaroop Dhavan, A.L. Dias, Anant Prasad Sharma, Saiyid Nurul Hasan, K. V. Raghunatha Reddy, Viren J. Shah, M.K. Narayanan, and Keshari Nath Tripathi, among others.

The first and the only woman governor of WB is Padmaja Naidu, the daughter of Sarojini Naidu. With a tenure of over 10 years, she is also the longest-serving of all the governors of West Bengal.

From 1947 to date, West Bengal has had 28 governors including the 6 who served as acting governors or took up the additional charge of the state. Of these, Saiyid Nurul Hasan served the office twice. The current WB governor is Jagdeep Dhankhar. He took office on 30 July 2019.

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West Bengal Governors List

Check out the list of all governors of West Bengal, starting from C. Rajagopalachari to Jagdeep Dhankhar. The list also includes other useful information, such as their tenure, the names of the chief ministers during their tenure, and additional information and trivia.

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Sl. NoGovernorTenure Chief Minister Additional Info/Trivia
1Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari15 August 1947 to 21 June 1948Prafulla Chandra Ghosh
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy
The first governor of WB after India's independence
2Kailash Nath Katju21 June 1948 to 1 November 1951Dr. Bidhan Chandra RoyHe is the grandfather of Markandey Katju, former Supreme Court judge.
3Harendra Coomar Mookerjee (
Died in office)
1 November 1951 to 7 August 1956Dr. Bidhan Chandra RoyHe died in office on 7 August 1956. He is the first WB governor to die in office.
4Phani Bhusan Chakravartti (Acting)8 August 1956 to 3 November 1956Dr. Bidhan Chandra RoyServed as Acting Governor after the sudden demise of H.C.Mookerjee
5Padmaja Naidu 3 November 1956 to 1 June 1967Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy
Prafulla Chandra Sen
The first and only woman governor of West Bengal. Also the longest-serving governor of the state.
6Dharma Vira1 June 1967 to 1 April 1969Ajoy Mukherjee
Prafulla Chandra Ghosh
He dismissed the United Front Government led by Ajoy Mukherjee and appointed Prafulla Chandra Ghosh.
7Deep Narayan Sinha (Acting)1 April 1969 to 19 September 1969Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee
8Shanti Swaroop Dhavan19 September 1969 to 21 August 1971Shanti Swaroop DhavanHe imposed two stints of President's Rule during his tenure.
9Anthony Lancelot Dias 21 August 1971 to 6 November 1979Siddhartha Shankar Ray
Jyoti Basu
10Tribhuvan Narain Singh 6 November 1977 to 12 September 1981Jyoti Basu
11Bhairab Dutt Pandey12 September 1981 to 10 October 1983Jyoti Basu
12Anant Prasad Sharma10 October 1983 to 16 August 1984Jyoti BasuHe relinquished his post on 16 August 1984.
13Satish Chandra (Acting)16 August 1984 to 1 October 1984Jyoti BasuHe served as the Acting Governor after Anant Prasad Sharma relinquished the post.
14Uma Shankar Dikshit1 October 1984 to 12 August 1986Jyoti Basu
15Saiyid Nurul Hasan (1st Time)12 August 1986 to 20 March 1989Jyoti BasuHe held office twice.
16T. V. Rajeswar 2 March 1989 to 7 February 1990Jyoti Basu
17Saiyid Nurul Hasan (2nd time)
(Died in office)
7 February 1990 to 12 July 1993Jyoti BasuHe died in office on 12 July 1993. He is the second WB governor to die in office.
18B. Satya Narayan Reddy (Additional charge )13 July 1993 to 14 August 1993Jyoti BasuHe took the additional charge of WB after the demise of Saiyid Nurul Hasan
19K. V. Raghunatha Reddy 14 August 1993 to 27 April 1998Jyoti Basu
20Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai27 April 1998 to 18 May 1999Jyoti Basu
21Shyamal Kumar Sen 18 May 1999 to 4 December 1999Jyoti Basu
22Viren J. Shah4 December 1999 to 14 December 2004Jyoti Basu
Buddhadeb Bhattacharya
He was also an industrialist and the chairman of Mukand Steel Limited.
23Gopalkrishna Gandhi14 December 2004 to 14 December 2009Buddhadeb BhattacharyaHe is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari, the first governor of West Bengal.
24Devanand Konwar (Additional charge)14 December 2009 to 23 January 2010Buddhadeb BhattacharyaHe was given the additional charge of West Bengal while he was serving as the governor of Bihar.
25M.K. Narayanan 24 January 2010 to 4 July 2014 Buddhadeb Bhattacharya
Mamata Banerjee
He resigned from the post on 30th June 2014 and officially left the office on 4 July 2014.
26D. Y. Patil (Acting)4 July 2014 to 24 Jul 2014 Mamata BanerjeeHe was appointed as the Acting Governor after the resignation of M.K. Narayanan.
27Keshari Nath Tripathi24 July 2014 to 30 July 2019 Mamata Banerjee
28Jagdeep Dhankhar30 July 2019 till date Mamata BanerjeeCurrent WB governor

Source: Indian states after 1947 M-W (rulers.org) and Home: Raj Bhavan, West Bengal, India (rajbhavankolkata.gov.in)

Read: Complete List of West Bengal Chief Ministers from 1947 Till Date

FAQs On The Governors Of West Bengal

Who is the first West Bengal governor?

Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari aka C. Rajagopalachari was governor of WB after India’s independence. He took charge on 15 August 1947 and served the office till 21 June 1948

Who is the first woman governor of West Bengal?

Padmaja Naidu is the first woman to hold the office of the West Bengal governor. She is also the only woman governor of WB up to now. Padmaja Naidu was in office from 3 November 1956 to 1 June 1967.

Which West Bengal governor’s mother was also a governor?

Padmaja Naidu. She is the daughter of Sarojini Naidu, the renowned freedom fighter, poet, and the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state. Sworn in on 15 August 1947, Sarojini Naidu served as the first governor of Uttar Pradesh.

What is the name of the current West Bengal governor?

Jagdeep Dhankhar is the current WB governor. He has been serving the office since 30 July 2019.

How many governors have West Bengal had?

Since India gained independence in 1947, West Bengal has had a total of 28 governors. Of these, 6 were acting governors or handled the additional charge of the state.

Which of the governors of West Bengal served the office twice?

Saiyid Nurul Hasan is the only person to serve the office of the WB governor twice. His first tenure was from 12 August 1986 to 20 March 1989. He became the governor of WB for the second time in 1990 and held office from 7 February 1990 to 12 July 1993. He died in office on 12 July 1993.

How many West Bengal governors died in office?

Two governors of West Bengal died in office – Harendra Coomar Mookerjee and Saiyid Nurul Hasan.

Who is the longest-serving governor of West Bengal?

Padmaja Naidu is the longest-serving governor of West Bengal. She was in office for over 10 years, from 3 November 1956 to 1 June 1967.

Which of the governors of West Bengal was also the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi?

Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the 23rd governor of WB, was the paternal grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. His maternal grandfather was Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari, the first governor of West Bengal.

Which WB governor dismissed the Ajoy Mukherjee government?

Dharma Vira.

What is the official residence of the governor of West Bengal?

The official residence of the WB governor is Raj Bhavan, Kolkata. Click here to access the official website of Raj Bhavan.

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