List of governors of Karnataka

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Governor of Karnataka
ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ರಾಜ್ಯಪಾಲರು
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Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.jpg
Vajubhai Vala

since 1 September 2014
StyleThe Honourable, His Excellency
ResidenceRaj Bhavan, Bengaluru
AppointerPresident of India
Term lengthFive years
Inaugural holderJayachamarajendra Wadiyar
Formation1 November 1956; 63 years ago (1956-11-01)

The Governor of Karnataka is the constitutional head of the south Indian state of Karnataka. The governor is appointed by the President of India for a term of five years, and holds office at the President's pleasure. The governor is de jure head of the Government of Karnataka; all its executive actions are taken in the governor's name. However, the governor must act on the advice of the popularly elected council of ministers, headed by the Chief Minister of Karnataka, which thus holds de facto executive authority in the state. The Constitution of India also empowers the governor to act upon his or her own discretion, such as the ability to appoint or dismiss a ministry, recommend President's rule, or reserve bills for the President's assent. Over the years, the exercise of these discretionary powers have given rise to conflict between the elected chief minister and the central government–appointed governor.[1]

Since 1956, eighteen people have served as the Governor of Mysore (as the state was known before 1 November 1973) and Karnataka. The first was Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, previously the Maharaja of Mysore (1940–50) and the Rajpramukh of Mysore (1950–56). A majority of Karnataka's governors have been politicians (ten), another five have been civil servants. V. V. Giri went on become the fourth President of India, and Gopal Swarup Pathak the country's fourth Vice President.

Governors of Mysore and Karnataka[edit]

No Portrait Name Term of office Duration Selected former office(s)
1 Court portrait of Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar of Mysore.jpg Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar 1 November 1956 4 May 1963 6 years, 184 days Maharaja of Mysore, Rajpramukh of Mysore
2 General Satyawant Mallana Srinagesh.jpg S. M. Shrinagesh 4 May 1963 2 April 1965 1 year, 333 days Chief of the Army Staff
3 V.V.Giri.jpg V. V. Giri 2 April 1965 13 May 1967 2 years, 41 days Fourth President of India
4 Gopal Swarup Pathak 13 May 1967 30 August 1969 2 years, 109 days Fourth Vice-President of India
5 Dharma Vir, ICS.jpg Dharma Vira 23 October 1970 1 February 1972 1 year, 101 days Governor of Punjab, Haryana, and Bengal
6 Mohan Lal Sukhadia 1988 stamp of India.jpg Mohanlal Sukhadia 1 February 1972 10 January 1975 2 years, 343 days Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu
7 Uma Shankar Dikshit 10 January 1975 2 August 1977 2 years, 204 days Governor of Bengal and the Minister of Home Affairs
8 Govind Narain


2 August 1977 15 April 1982 4 years, 256 days First and the only member of the Imperial Civil Service to have been appointed and served as Governor of Karnataka
9 Ashoknath Banerji


16 April 1982 25 February 1987 4 years, 315 days First member of the Indian Administrative Service to have served in this office
10 Pendekanti Venkatasubbaiah 26 February 1987 5 February 1990 2 years, 344 days Governor of Bihar, Minister of Home and Parliamentary Affairs
11 Bhanu Pratap Singh 8 May 1990 6 January 1992 1 year, 243 days Member of Parliament
12 Khurshed Alam Khan 6 January 1992 2 December 1999 7 years, 330 days Member of Parliament, Governor of Goa
13 VS RamaDevi.jpg Commissioner

V. S. Ramadevi

2 December 1999 20 August 2002 2 years, 261 days Chief Election Commissioner of India, Secretary General of Rajya Sabha, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, the first and only female governor of Karnataka
14 T. N. Chaturvedi.jpg T. N. Chaturvedi 21 August 2002 20 August 2007 4 years, 364 days Comptroller and Auditor General of India
15 The Governor of Karnataka, Shri Rameshwar Thakur in Bangalore on January 13, 2008.jpg Rameshwar Thakur 21 August 2007 24 June 2009 1 year, 307 days Governor of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh
16 The Union Law Minister Shri H.R. Bhardwaj briefing the Press in New Delhi on October 19, 2004.jpg Hans Raj Bhardwaj 24 June 2009 29 June 2014 5 years, 5 days Union Minister of Law and Justice, Governor of Kerala
17 Konijeti Rosaiah BNC.jpg Konijeti Rosaiah 29 June 2014 31 August 2014 63 days Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Governor of Tamil Nadu
18 Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.jpg Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala 1 September 2014 Incumbent 5 years, 156 days Speaker of Gujarat Vidhan Sabha


  1. ^ Durga Das Basu. Introduction to the Constitution of India. 1960. 20th edition, 2011 reprint. LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur. ISBN 978-81-8038-559-9. p. 237, 241–44. Note: although the text talks about Indian state governments in general, it applies for the specific case of Karnataka as well.

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