O P Kohli, the former Governor of Gujarat, passed away on February 25, 2021, at the age of 87. He served as the Governor of Gujarat from 2014 to 2019 and was known for his contribution to the development of the state.
Kohli was born on August 18, 1933, in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi district and completed his education from the University of Delhi. He started his political career as a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and later joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He held several key positions in the BJP, including the party’s national vice-president and general secretary.
Kohli’s contributions to the development of Gujarat are well recognized. During his tenure as the Governor of Gujarat, he played a crucial role in the development of the state. He was known for his focus on improving education, healthcare, and infrastructure in the state. He was also instrumental in promoting tourism in Gujarat and was instrumental in the development of the Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Kohli was a respected figure in the political and social spheres of Gujarat. He was known for his affable nature and his commitment to the welfare of the people. He was actively involved in several social and cultural organizations and was a patron of the arts and literature.
Kohli’s passing has been mourned by leaders across the political spectrum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter, saying, “Shri OP Kohli Ji will be remembered for his rich contributions to public life. He was an experienced administrator who made a mark as a diligent and people-friendly Governor. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also expressed his grief at Kohli’s passing, saying, Governor OP Kohli, who contributed to the development of Gujarat, was an institution in himself. He served the nation and the state with full dedication.
Kohli’s passing marks the end of an era in Gujarat’s political and social landscape. His contributions to the state and the nation will be remembered for years to come. As a respected figure in the political and social spheres, he was an inspiration to many and a guiding light for the people of Gujarat.