Chandigarh: VP Singh Badnore will take oath as the new Punjab Governor in Chandigarh on Monday.
Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice SJ Vazifdar will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Badnore at Punjab Raj Bhawan here tomorrow, an official spokesman said in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Badnore (69) will take charge from Kaptan Singh Solanki, who also holds the charge of Haryana governor.
Badnore, who belongs to Bhilwara in Rajasthan, is a four-time legislator in the Rajasthan assembly. He was an MLA from 1977-80, 1985-90, 1993-98 and 1998-99. During his last term as MLA, he was the state irrigation minister.
He was a member of the 13th and 14th Lok Sabha from 1999-2004 and from 2004-09.
In July 2010, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha.
A graduate in business management, he studied at Mayo College, Ajmer, and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad.
Rajya Sabha records describe Badnore as an agriculturist, environmentalist, social worker, and sportsman.
He was the chairman of the special task force to rehabilitate tigers in Sariska (Rajasthan) from 2005-09 and a member of the empowered committee of forests and wildlife management in Rajasthan.
He is a widely travelled parliamentarian. He was a part of the Indian delegations to Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Canada, in 1994 and in 2004, besides the Indian delegation of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) to Pakistan.
A keen swimmer, he has participated in national school-level swimming competitions.
Badnore will also be administrator of Union Territory of Chandigarh.