K. Sankaranarayanan


Kateekal Sankaranarayanan (15 October 1932 – 24 April 2022)[1][2] was the governor of the Indian state of Maharashtra.[3] He had also served as the Governor of Nagaland and Jharkhand.[4] Prior to his appointment as governor, he had served as a minister in several Congress led governments of Kerala headed by Chief Ministers A K Antony and K. Karunakaran.[5] On 24 August 2014, he was transferred by the NDA government to Mizoram.

K Sankaranarayanan
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Sankaranarayanan in 2014
20th Governor of Maharashtra
In office
22 January 2010 – 24 August 2014
Chief MinisterAshok Chavan
Prithviraj Chavan
Preceded byS C Jamir
Succeeded byC. Vidyasagar Rao
5th Governor of Jharkhand
In office
26 July 2009 – 21 January 2010
Chief MinisterShibu Soren
Preceded bySyed Sibtey Razi
Succeeded byM. O. H. Farook
13th Governor of Nagaland
In office
3 February 2007 – 28 July 2009
Chief MinisterNeiphiu Rio
Preceded byShyamal Datta
Succeeded byGurbachan Jagat
Governor of Assam
(Additional Charge)
In office
26 June 2009 – 27 July 2009
Chief MinisterTarun Gogoi
Preceded byShiv Charan Mathur
Succeeded bySyed Sibtey Razi
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
(Additional Charge)
In office
4 September 2007 – 26 January 2008
Chief MinisterDorjee Khandu
Preceded byS. K. Singh
Succeeded byJoginder Jaswant Singh
In office
7 April 2007 – 14 April 2007
Chief MinisterGegong Apang
Dorjee Khandu
Preceded byM. M. Jacob
Succeeded byS. K. Singh
Personal details
Born(1932-10-15)15 October 1932
Palakkad, British India
Died24 April 2022(2022-04-24) (aged 89)
Sekharipuram, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Prof K Radha
Children1 daughter

Sankaranarayanan was also asked to assume the additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh during the absence on leave of S K Singh. The swear-in ceremony was held on 7 April 2007. When Singh was appointed Governor of Rajasthan on 19 August 2007, Sankaranarayanan was also appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh,[6] and he was sworn in on 4 September 2007.[7] He remained in that post until January 2008, when Joginder Jaswant Singh became governor of Arunachal Pradesh. On 22 January 2010, he was sworn in as the Governor of Maharashtra.[8] On 27 August 2011 he was given additional charge of Goa until the Indian government appointed B V Wanchoo to the post on 4 May 2012.[9]

Early life and careerEdit

Sankaranarayanan, veteran Congress leader, was born on 15 October 1932 in the city of Palakkad in the state of Kerala as the son of A Sankaran Nair and Smt K Lekshmi Amma.[10]

He entered politics while a student and had been an active member of the Students Organisation since 1946. Sankaranarayanan became elected to 5th KLA from Thrithala, 6th KLA from Sreekrishnapuram, 8th KLA from Ottappalam, and later, also to the 11th KLA, from Palghat constituency as an Indian National Congress member.

From 11 April 1977 to 25 April 1977 he handled the portfolios of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, and Community Development, in the Ministry headed by K Karunakaran. From 27 April 1977 to 27 October 1978, he handled the same portfolios in the Ministry headed by A K Antony. Again from 26 May 2001 to 29 August 2004, he was the Minister for Finance in the Ministry headed by A K Antony. He held the portfolios of Excise as well, until 10 February 2004. From 1989 to 1991 he served also as the chairman of the committee on Public Accounts and from 1980 to 1982 he was the chairman of the committee on Government Assurances. And from 1985 to 2001, he was the Convenor of the UDF. Along with that, he held various positions in the party as secretary, District Congress Committee, president, KPCC (O), general secretary, KPCC, member, All India Working Committee, and member, Parliamentary Board Congress (O).


Sankaranarayanan died on 24 April 2022 at his home in Sekharipuram, India from complications of a stroke, aged 89.[11][12]


  1. ^ "മുതിർന്ന കോൺഗ്രസ് നേതാവും മുൻമന്ത്രിയുമായ കെ. ശങ്കരനാരായണൻ അന്തരിച്ചു".
  2. ^ "മുതിർന്ന കോൺഗ്രസ് നേതാവ് കെ.ശങ്കരനാരായണൻ അന്തരിച്ചു".
  3. ^ "Sankaranarayanan to be sworn in as Maha Governor on 22 January". Zee News. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Narayanan appointed West Bengal Governor; Shivraj Patil for Punjab". The Hindu. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  5. ^ "K Sankaranarayanan is new Nagaland Governor", Times of India, 19 January 2007.
  6. ^ "Tiwari appointed new Andhra governor", IST, TNN (The Times of India), 20 August 2007.
  7. ^ "Sankaranarayan takes additional charge as Arunachal Governor", PTI (The Hindu), 4 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Sankaranarayanan sworn in Maharashtra Governor". Press Trust of India. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Former SPG chief BV Wanchoo new Goa Governor". Daily News and Analysis. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Shri. K. Sankaranarayanan | Rajbhavan Nagaland". Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  11. ^ Veteran Congress leader K. Sankaranarayanan passes away aged 89
  12. ^ Former Governor and Congress Convener K Sankara Narayanan has passed away
Government offices
Preceded by Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Assam
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Maharashtra
Succeeded by