Lalji Tandon: Life, Political Career and Family

Lalji Tandon: The 22nd Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Lalji Tandon took his last breath in Medanta Hospital, Lucknow at the age of 85 years. Lalji Tandon was a member of the Bhartiya Janata Party. Lalji Tandon was the governor of Bihar between August 2018 and July 2019. Lalji Tandon was the governor of Bihar between August 2018 and July 2019. Lalji Tandon was also the mentor of former Prime Minister Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Early Life

Lalji Tandon was born on 12 April 1935 in Chowk village in Lucknow, United Provinces, British India to Shivnarayan Tandon and Annapurna Devi. Lalji Tandon married Krishna Tandon on 26 February 1958. The couple had three sons.

Political Career

  • During 1978-1984, Lalji Tandon entered into politics as a member of Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad (Legislative Council) for two terms and from 1990-1996 served as the Leader of House,  Uttar Pradesh State Legislative Council. From 1991-1992, Lalji Tandon served as the Minister of State, Department of Power, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. From 1996-2009, he was a member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly for three terms.
  • From 1977-1999, he served as the Minister of State, Urban Development and Water Supply, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. From 1997-2002, he served as the Leader of House,  Uttar Pradesh State Legislative Council. From 1999-2000 he served as the Minister of State, Urban Development and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. From 2000-2002, he again served as the 2 Minister of State, Urban Development and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
  • From 2002-2003, he served as the Minister of State, Housing, Finance, Urban Development and Tourism, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. From 2003-2007, he served as the 7 Leader of Opposition, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
  • He was elected to 15th Lok Sabha in the year 2009 from  Lucknow Lok Sabha Constituency. He defeated Rita Bahuguna Joshi of Congress Party by over 40,000 votes. This seat was earlier held by former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  • On August 23, 2018, he was appointed as the 28th Governor of Bihar, replacing Satya Pal Malik. On July 20, 2019, he was appointed as the 22nd Governor of Madhya Pradesh replacing Anandiben Patel.

Death

Lal Ji Tandon died at around 5:35 AM at the hospital. The last rites will be performed at 5 this evening in Lucknow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted Lalji Tandon’s condolences. He said that “Shri Lalji Tandon will be remembered for his untiring efforts to serve society. He played a key role in strengthening the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. He made a mark as an effective administrator, always giving importance of public welfare. Anguished by his passing away.”

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also condoled Lal Ji Tandon’s death on Twitter. “Saddened to hear about the death of Madhya Pradesh Governor. In his death, the nation has lost an able administrator, popular leader and a social worker, He was the soul of Lucknow. May his soul rest in peace,” he wrote in Hindi.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Lalji Tandon was born in which state?
Lalji Tandon was born on 12 April 1935 in Chowk village in Lucknow, United Provinces, British India.

Q. When a state governor dies or resigns, who normally exercises his functions till a new governor is appointed?
The Chief justice of the high court of the concerned state exercises his functions till a new governor is appointed?

Q. Lalji Tandon served as the governor of which state before his death
Lalji Tandon served as the Governor of MadhyaPradesh before his death.

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