Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader and the former Raipur Member of Parliament Ramesh Bais has been appointed as the new Governor of Jharkhand.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to power for the second time in 2019, Bais was appointed as the governor of Tripura.
Notably, in 2003 when Raman Singh was made Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Bais was the major contender for the post. His name was withdrawn at the last hour.
Meanwhile, the BJP had denied Lok Sabha ticket to Bais in 2019 and a wave of dissent had lashed the party state unit. However, Bais who had officially campaigned for the party candidate despite denial of ticket was soon compensated and was appointed as Tripura governor after BJP returned to power in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
A party veteran from Chhattisgarh, Bais is five-times MP from Raipur Lok Sabha seat.
During the Atal Bihari Vajpyee government in 1999, Bais had served as minister of state for Forest and Environment (independent charge).
Born on Aug 2, 1948 in Raipur then in undivided Madhya Pradesh, Bais had pursued BSc from Bhopal. He is an agriculturist by profession.
He was first elected as member of Raipur municipal corporation in 1978 and then was elected as an MLA from Mandir Hasod seat in 1980 but lost the next poll in 1985. He was first elected for Lok Sabha in 1989 from Raipur and later got re-elections on four occasions.
In the second and third terms of Vajpayee government, Bais served as a union minister handling various portfolios including – Steel, Mines, Chemicals & Fertilizers, Information and Broadcasting and others till year 2004.