Mumbai: Banwarilal Purohit, who has served as Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator since 2021, has resigned.
In his letter addressed to President Droupadi Murmu, Purohit cited “personal reasons and certain other commitments” for his resignation. Notably, the Supreme Court in November told Purohit he was playing with fire over the delay in giving assent to the Punjab government’s bills.
“Due to my personal reasons and certain other commitments, I tender my resignation from the post of the Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh. Please accept the same and oblige,” his letter read.
Purohit, a former Congress, and BJP leader, has also served as governor of Assam, Meghalaya (with extra responsibility), and Tamil Nadu.
On August 31, 2021, he became Punjab governor and Chandigarh administrator.
The governor’s decision to leave follows a period of public conflicts between him and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on a variety of issues. August Purohit had given a strong warning to CM Mann, threatening to recommend the President’s rule in the state and initiate legal action if his letters went unanswered.
In correspondence with Mann, Governor Purohit voiced his continuous irritation with unopened letters and advised against submitting a “failure of constitutional mechanism” to the President. In reaction, Mann accused the Governor of harming the state’s peace-loving residents. The Chief Minister stressed that law and order are properly maintained, and that the majority of Purohit’s issues have been addressed appropriately.