Chief Minister of Delhi
|Chief Minister of National Capital Territory of Delhi|
|Appointer||President of India on advice of Lieutenant Governor of Delhi|
|Inaugural holder||Chaudhary Brahm Prakash|
The Chief Minister of Delhi is the chief executive of the National Capital Territory of Delhi in north India. According to the Constitution of India, the lieutenant governor is Delhi's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with its chief minister. Following elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly, the lieutenant governor usually invites the party with a majority of seats to form the government. The President of India, on the advice of the lieutenant governor, appoints the chief minister, whose council of ministers are collectively responsible to the assembly. Given that he has the confidence of the assembly, the chief minister's term is for five years and is subject to no term limits.
Since 1952 Delhi has had seven chief ministers, starting with the Indian National Congress party's Chaudhary Brahm Prakash. Shortly after his term ended, the office of Chief Minister of Delhi was abolished for 37 years until December 1993, when the Bharatiya Janata Party's Madan Lal Khurana was sworn in. In 1998 Sheila Dikshit's 15-year reign as chief minister began, the longest by an Indian woman. A 49-day stint in office by the Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal and a year under President's rule followed. In February 2015 the Aam Aadmi Party was voted in with a large majority, and Kejriwal has served as Delhi's chief minister ever since.
List of Chief Ministers of Delhi
|Colour key for parties|
|1||Chaudhary Brahm Prakash
|17 March 1952 – 12 February 1955
( 2 years, 332 days)
|Indian National Congress||1062 days||Interim Assembly (1952–56)
|2||Gurmukh Nihal Singh
|–||12 February 1955 – 1 November 1956
( 1 year, 263 days)
|Office abolished, 1956–93|
|3||Madan Lal Khurana
|2 December 1993 – 26 February 1996
( 2 years, 86 days)
|Bharatiya Janata Party||816 days||First Assembly (1993–98)
|4||Sahib Singh Verma
|–||26 February 1996 – 12 October 1998
( 2 years, 228 days)
|5||Sushma Swaraj||12 October 1998 – 3 December 1998
( 52 days)
|3 December 1998 – 1 December 2003
( 4 years, 363 days)
|Indian National Congress||5504 days||Second Assembly (1998–2003)
|1 December 2003 – 29 October 2008
( 4 years, 333 days)
|Third Assembly (2003-08)
|29 October 2008 – 28 December 2013
( 5 years, 60 days)
|Fourth Assembly (2008–13)
|28 December 2013 – 14 February 2014
( 48 days)
|Aam Aadmi Party||48 days||Fifth Assembly (2013-15)
|–||President's rule||14 February 2014 – 14 February 2015
( 1 year, 0 days)
|14 February 2015 – present
( 2 years, 222 days)
|Aam Aadmi Party||953 days
|Sixth Assembly (2015–20)
- A number inside brackets indicates that the incumbent has previously held office.
- This column only names the chief minister's party. The state government he headed may have been a complex coalition of several parties and independents; these are not listed here.
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