Former Union Minister and veteran politician Arif Mohammad Khan swore in as the 22nd Governor of Kerala on Friday, the 6th of September 2019. Hrishikesh Roy, the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, administered the oath of office to Khan as he swore into office in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his Cabinet colleagues and other top officials.
Here are some things that you should know about our new Governor.
- He started his political career as the student union president of Aligarh Muslim University in 1972-73.
- He contested in his first legislative assembly election from Siyana constituency of Bulandshahar (UP) under Bharatiya Kranti Dal party’s banner but was defeated.
- He became a member of the legislative assembly of UP in 1977 at the age of 26.
- He joined the Indian National Congress and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980 from Kanpur (UP) and 1984 from Bahraich (UP).
- He resigned from the Congress in 1986 as he did not agree with the Muslim Personal Law Bill which was spearheaded by Rajiv Gandhi at the Lok Sabha. Mohammad Arif Khan has always supported reformation within the Muslim community and had resigned from his position as Minister of State in protest of Rajiv Gandhi administration’s stance on the Shah Bano case in 1986 and even defended the Supreme Court judgment in the Parliament.
- Khan then joined the Janata Dal and was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989. He served as the Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Energy.
- He quit the Janta Dal to join Bahujan Samaj Party, and then, the BJP. But in 2007, he quit the BJP and has remained non-partisan since.
- He has written a book called Text and Context: Quran and Contemporary Challenges which was a bestseller in the 2010 calendar year.
Those were our list of things you should know about our new Governor.
P.S. Some sources state that Arif Mohammad Khan is the 24th Governor of Kerala, but that’s not true as two people (T. N. Chaturvedi & Hansraj Bhardwaj) these sources include in the list of Governors were actually Governors of Karnataka who took charge when the then Governor of Kerala (Sikander Bakht &M. O. H. Farook) passed away.