Om Prakash Kohli is Governor of Gujarat and a former member of Rajya Sabha. He was president of the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1999-2000. He served as a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2000. He has been the president of the Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) and of the ABVP. Kohli is a Master of Arts in Hindi from the University of Delhi and was a lecturer at Hansraj College and Deshbandhu College for over 37 years. From 8 September 2016, he holds the additional charge of the office of Governor of Gujarat.
Kohli is an author and has written three books in Hindi as follows:
- Rashtriya Suraksha Ke Morche Par
- Shiksha Niti
- Bhaktikal Ke Santon Ki Samajik Chetna.
He is under an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. As the first citizen of the State, the Governor is expected to give sagacious guidance in the governance of the State in accordance with the Constitutional provisions.
The Governor is expected to be a person of undoubted ability and position in public life. The Governor is expected to be free from the passions and jealousies of the local party politics and hold the scales impartially between the various factors in the politics of the State. The Governor not only represents the Centre, but as the head of the State, serves his people and faithfully fights their battles with the Centre. He keeps in mind the overall national interests, not partisan party interests. He is supposed to be in tune with the people of the State he represents. The Constitution empowers him to influence the decisions of an elected Government by giving him the right to be consulted, to warn and to encourage. His role is overwhelmingly that of a friend, philosopher and guide to his council of Ministers with unrivalled discretionary powers.