Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi was born on November 10,
1934 in Allahabad. His father, late Shri Harish
Chandra Tripathi was employed in the Allahabad High
Court and was reputed for his impeccable honesty and
sincerity. A Senior Advocate by profession, Shri
Keshari Nath Tripathi's professional acumen,
nationalistic fervour, social commitment and moral
values took shape under the guidance of his revered
parents and elder brother Pandit Kashi Nath Tripathi.
He was married to Sudha, daughter of well-known
freedom fighter of Varanasi, Shri Satya Narain Misra.
He has one son Neeraj Tripathi and two daughters,
Namita and Nidhi. Neeraj is an advocate in Allahabad
High Court. Nidhi is an Officer in Armed Forces
Headquarters Service, New Delhi.
During his formative years, Shri Tripathi was drawn
towards social work and nation-building activities.
At the age of 12, in 1946, he became a Swayam Sevak
of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh. As a young
nationalist, he joined Bharatiya Jan Sangh at its
genesis, in 1952. He courted arrest in the year 1953
in connection with the ‘Kashmir Andolan' and was
confined to jail for three days.
Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi graduated from Allahabad
University in 1953 and passed LLB Examinations in
1955. In 1956 he was registered as an Advocate and
practiced in the Allahabad High Court, which is the
biggest High Court in India, till the second week of
July 2014, except when he was a Minister in the
Uttar Pradesh Government and Speaker of the UP
Legislative Assembly. In 1965 he was elected to the
office of the Joint Secretary of the Allahabad High
Court Bar Association and was its President during
the years 1987-88 and 1988-89. His long association
with judicature in general and Allahabad High Court
in particular was acclaimed by the Allahabad High
Court when he was unanimously designated as a Senior
Advocate in 1989 by Full Court.
Known as an eminent Lawyer on the Civil Side, Shri
Tripathi was regarded as an expert in election law.
He had the distinction of appearing and arguing
cases not only on behalf of former Prime Ministers
Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee and Chaudhari Charan
Singh, but also for Shri Subramaniam Swamy, Shri Raj
Narain, Shri H. N. Bahuguna, Shri Mahabir Prasad,
Shri Kalyan Singh, Shri Laxmi Kant Bajpai, Shri
Varun Gandhi, Shri Nityanand Swami and a large
number of Ministers, Members of the Lok Sabha and UP
Legislative Assembly. Shri Tripathi was the main
draftsman, along with two other lawyers, of the
election petition against Mrs. Indira Gandhi which
was ultimately allowed in June 1975 and her election
was set aside.
Shri Tripathi was conferred the Honoris Causa Degree
of D.Litt in Law by Chaudhary Charan Singh
University, Meerut. Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi's
effective public oration made him a popular orator
and politician in Allahabad. As a Member of the
Bharatiya Jan Sangh, Shri Tripathi discharged the
duties of President of the City Unit of Jan Sangh,
Member of its State Executive and National Council.
He earned people's confidence by his selfless,
sincere and honest public service.
Shri Tripathi was six times elected as a Member of
the UP Legislative Assembly – in 1977, 1989, 1991,
1993, 1996 and 2006. He was appointed Minister for
Institutional Finance and Sales Tax in Uttar Pradesh
Government in 1977. Shri Tripathi was unanimously
elected three times as Speaker of the UP Legislative
Assembly, firstly in 1997 and thereafter in 1997 and
2002. He resigned from this Office in 2004. While he
was Speaker of the UP Legislative Assembly the then
Lok Sabha Speaker appointed him as a Member of the
Committee to maintain cordial relations between the
Legislature and the Judiciary.
Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi was also the President of
the UP Branch of Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association for about nine years. He became
President of Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party in
2004. He was a member of the National Disciplinary
Committee of the party and also a Member of its
Shri Tripathi is not only a social and political
worker but is also associated with a number of
educational, cultural and literary institutions. He
is a revered and widely acclaimed poet and has
participated in a number of poetry symposiums in the
UK, the USA and Netherlands, besides India. Six
compendiums of his Hindi poems have been published
under the titles ‘Manonukriti', ‘Aayu Pankh', ‘Chirantan',
‘Unmukta', ‘Maun Aur Shoonya' and ‘Nirmal Dohey'.
‘Manonukriti has been translated in English and
published with the title ‘The Images'.
Shri Tripathi has also written an exhaustive
commentary on the Representation of the People Act,
1951 which, when published in 1974 was regarded as
the last word in election law. It is still a book of
reference for lawyers.
Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi is fond of travelling. He
has visited about 30 countries so far including the
UK, the USA, France, Russia, China, Japan, Germany,
Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden,
Norway, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand,
Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong,
Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi took the Oath of Office
of the Governor of West Bengal on 24.7.2014. As the
Governor of West Bengal Shri Tripathi is also the
Chancellor of State Universities in West Bengal. He
was given additional charge as Governor of Bihar on
27th November 2014 and Governor of Meghalaya on
January 6 2015. Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi assumed
additional charge of the office of Governor of
Mizoram on 4th April 2015.