Chandigarh: Banwarilal Purohit was sworn in as Governor of Punjab on Tuesday.
Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mr Justice Ravi Shanker Jha administered the oath of office to Banwarilal Purohit at Punjab Raj Bhavan.
Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar were present on the stage.
Mr Banwarilal Purohit took the oath in English. He signed the oath form that was counter signed by the Chief Justice. Later, Mr Banwarilal Purohit signed separate charge reports, both as Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Union Territory, Chandigarh.
Earlier, the Governor designate arrived at the special pandal of Punjab Raj Bhavan in a ceremonial procession. He was accompanied by the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan sought the permission to start the ceremony and read out the warrants of appointment of Mr Banwarilal Purohit as the Governor of Punjab.
Earlier in day, Mr Banwarilal Purohit arrived at Punjab Raj Bhavan at 1200 hours and was given Guard of Honour by the contingent of PAP. He was received by Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana KP Singh, Punjab cabinet ministers Brahm Mohindra and Manpreet Singh Badal. Mr Dharam Pal, Adviser to Administrator, Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh along with senior officers of Chandigarh Administration were also present.
“Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit will discharge the functions of the Governor of Punjab, in addition to his own duties from the date he assumes charge of the office of the Governor of Punjab, until regular arrangements are made. The President has also been pleased to appoint him to be the Administrator of Chandigarh,” a communication from the President’s House had said.