For a pacesetter recognized extra for his run-ins with the Mamata Banerjee authorities in West Bengal because the state’s Governor, and whom the Trinamool Congress has usually accused of appearing as an “agent of BJP”, the primary election Jagdeep Dhankhar contested was on a Janata Dal ticket, when he was elected to Lok Sabha from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.

His subsequent election was for Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha — this time on a Congress ticket. Having represented Kishangarh within the Meeting from 1993 to 1998, Dhankhar, a graduate from College of Rajasthan, Jaipur, who accomplished LLB diploma in 1978-79, can also be a former president of Rajasthan Excessive Court docket Bar Affiliation.

“From 1998, he was a full-time senior advocate practising in Supreme Court docket — till he was appointed the Governor of West Bengal in 2019,” says youthful brother Randeep Dhankhar.

Born right into a farmer’s household at Kithana village in Jhunjhunu district in 1951, Dhankhar studied at a neighborhood authorities college earlier than going to Sainik college in Chittorgarh. He’s married to Sudesh Dhankhar they usually have a daughter, Kamna.

From legislation and order scenario within the state to post-poll violence, and from corruption fees to lapses in paperwork, the Governor was by no means in need of points to criticise the federal government.

His relation with Meeting Speaker Biman Banerjee was no much less bitter — final 12 months, Biman Banerjee complained to President Ram Nath Kovind in opposition to Dhankhar for allegedly interfering in issues of the state authorities. Dhankhar, in flip, criticised the Speaker for stopping video protection of his speech within the Home, and even closing the Meeting gates on one event to disclaim him entry.

The relation between Dhankhar and the TMC authorities took a flip for the more severe when the state determined to switch the Governor with the CM as Chancellor of state universities. The Meeting handed The West Bengal College Legal guidelines (Modification) Invoice, 2022, on June 13. A day later, The West Bengal Personal College Legal guidelines (Modification) Invoice, 2022 was handed — to nominate the state Training Minister as Customer of personal universities within the state.

Each Payments are pending with the Governor for approval.

Whereas TMC has accused Dhankhar of not clearing Payments and creating “pointless hurdles” in functioning of the state authorities, the latter claims he has passed by the e book and the Structure in mentioning points to the federal government and the state legislature.

Dhankhar has usually sought particulars, particularly particulars of expenditure, from the state authorities on varied points.

In accordance with the Raj Bhavan web site, Dhankhar is an avid reader, a sports activities aficionado — he has been president of the Rajasthan Olympic Affiliation and Rajasthan Tennis Affiliation — and loves travelling together with his household.