His Excellency Governor Shri K. Sankaranarayanan
Shri Kateekal Sankaranarayanan assumed the charge as Governor of Maharashtra on 22nd January 2010. He brings with him a vast and varied experience in public life. A venerable personality, Shri Sankaranarayana has dominated the political firmament of Kerala for nearly five decades.
Born on 15th October 1932 in Kerala, Shri Sankaranarayanan's initiation into politics started early when in 1946 he became a member of Students Organization. Thereafter from 1957 to 1964 and from 1964 to 1968 he was respectively the General Secretary and President of the District Congress Committee, Palghat. Between 1968 and 1972, he served as the General Secretary of the Undivided Congress. In 1972, he was appointed as President of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, the post he held till 1977. Shri Sankaranarayanan also served as the Working Committee Member of the AICC and the All India Parliamentary Board Member of the Organization Congress.
Shri K. Sankaranarayanan was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly several times as a candidate of the Indian National Congress (INC). He was first elected to the 5th Kerala Legislative Assembly (KLA) from Thrithala, thereafter to the 6th KLA from Sreekrishnapuram, to the 8th KLA from Ottappalam and to the 11th KLA from Palghat Constituency.
Between 1974 and 1978, Shri K. Sankaranarayanan was a Cabinet Minister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development and Community Development in the Ministry headed by Shri K Karunakaran and later in the Ministry of Shri A. K. Antony. He was again the Cabinet Minister for Finance & Excise in the Ministry headed by Shri A. K. Antony during 2001 - 2004.
Shri K. Sankaranarayanan was the Chairman of the Committee on Government Assurances from 1980 to 1982, and from 1989 to 1991 served as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts. From 1985 to 2001, for 16 (sixteen) years, he was the Convener of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala.
Shri K. Sankaranarayanan was appointed as the Governor of Nagaland on 3rd February 2007 and held the post till 25th July 2009. He guided the destiny of the State during the brief spell of President's Rule in early 2008 and later oversaw the smooth conducting of the General Elections and elections to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. He also held the additional charge of the post of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Governor of Assam for brief periods.
On 26th July 2009, he was appointed as Governor of the State of Jharkhand that was under President's Rule. Here again, he oversaw the free and fair conduct of elections to the Legislative Assembly leading to the appointment of a popular government in the State.
Widely travelled, Shri Sankaranarayanan is keenly interested in welfare and developmental issues. He is married to Prof Smt. Radha Sankaranarayanan and has one daughter.