Haryana's newly appointed Governor, Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya took oath as the 18th Governor of the state on Thursday. Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Ravi Shankar Jha administered the oath of office and confidentiality to Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya at a prestigious function held at Haryana Raj Bhawan. Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya personally met the dignitaries who had come to attend the Oath taking ceremony and accepted their congratulations and greetings. During this, a special contingent of the Haryana Armed Police presented the guard of honor to the Governor.
The Governor's wife and first lady of the state, Smt. Bandaru Vasantha, daughter Bandaru Vijayalakshmi and their family members and relatives were also present during the ceremony.
Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya has been a three-time minister and four-time MP in the Central Government. He was born on June 12, 1947 in Hyderabad. He holds a B.Sc degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad. He was first elected a member of the Tenth Lok Sabha in 1991. After this, in the year 1998, he won the elections from the Secunderabad Lok Sabha seat and became the Union Minister of State for Urban Development. During the mid-term elections held in the year 1999, he again won the Lok Sabha elections and became the Union Minister of State for Urban Development. From 2002 to 2003, he was the Union Minister of State for Railways and from 2003 to 2004, he held the charge of Union Minister of State for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation (Independent Charge).
Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya also took over as the Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) in the year 2014. In the year 2019, he was appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh. On this occasion the Governor of Punjab, Sh. VP Singh Badnore, Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Sh. Dushyant Chautala, Home and Health Minister Sh. Anil Vij, Education Minister Sh. Kanwar Pal, Transport Minister Sh. Mool Chand Sharma, Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Minister Sh. JP Dalal, Cooperation Minister, Dr. Banwari Lal, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Sh. OP Yadav, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Smt. Kamlesh Dhanda, Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Sh. Sandeep Singh, Chief Secretary Sh. Vijai Vardhan, Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. DS Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sh. V Umashankar, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director General, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Dr. Amit Agrawal, Secretary to Governor, Sh. Atul Dwivedi, Private Secretary to Governor, Sh. Kailash Nagesh, BJP State President, Sh. OP Dhankhar, Haryana State BJP Organization General Secretary, Sh. Ravindra Raju, MLAs and senior officials of various parties were present as well. During the programme, family members and close relatives included B. Jignesh Reddy, B. Janardhan Reddy, B. Jayavani Reddy, M. Satyam Yadav, M. Chaitanya, M. Ashrita, Ela Swarupa, Ela Adyashree, Sandhya, Ela Sadana, Bandaru Sivashankar, N. Santosh Kumar, Nagma, Rohit Reddy (SAI), Ela Sarth Babu, Ela Jaya Shreyas, Suri Venkataraman, R. Mahesh, Bhanu Shankar, Nalini Sujata, Vibhas, Pranav etc. were present during the ceremony.