VP Badnore has been picked as the new governor of Punjab , to take over the charge from Kaptan Singh Solanki. Here’s what you need to know about who Badnore is, and his past as a public representative.
From Rajasthan, royal lineage: Hailing from the erstwhile royal family of Badnore in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan, VP Singh Badnore was in his home state Rajasthan when he was informed about the gubernatorial assignment. He remained a legislator in the state four times — 1977-80, 1985-90, 1993-98 and 1998-99. During his last term as MLA, he was a minister.
In Parliament and party: He was a member of the 13th and 14th Lok Sabha — 1999-2004 and 2004-09. After losing the Lok Sabha election in 2009 from Bhilwara, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2010. His RS term concluded last month. According to a BJP leader of Rajasthan, Badnore has been associated with the party since the Jan Sangh days and is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mayo alumnus: A graduate in business management, he studied at Mayo College, Ajmer, and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad. A keen swimmer, he participated in national school-level swimming competitions. Rajya Sabha records describe Badnore as an agriculturist, environmentalist, social worker, and sportsman.
Tiger project: He was the chairman of a 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.
Beyond borders: 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.