In a surprise move, Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday resigned from the post, while also stepping down as the administrator of the Union territory (UT) of Chandigarh, the joint capital of the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana.
In a short letter written to the President of India, he cited personal reasons behind tendering his resignation.
Purohit, 83, in the letter, said, “Due to personal reasons and certain other commitments, I tender my resignation from post of governor and administrator of UT Chandigarh. Please accept the same and oblige.”
He had assumed office on August 31, 2021. He had an eventful tenure ever since, during which he remained at loggerheads with the Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab over several issues, with the matter even reaching the Supreme Court twice. Besides that, he proactively worked in Chandigarh.