List of current Indian chief ministers

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Several chief ministers pose with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2014.
Indian states according to party of their chief minister
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In the Republic of India, a chief minister is the head of government of each of twenty-nine states and two union territories (Delhi and Puducherry). According to the Constitution of India, at the state-level, the governor is de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the chief minister. Following elections to the state legislative assembly, the governor usually invites the party (or coalition) with a majority of seats to form the government. The governor appoints the chief minister, whose council of ministers are collectively responsible to the assembly. Given he has the assembly's confidence, the chief minister's term is usually for a maximum of five years; there are no limits to the number of terms he/she can serve.[1]

Currently, the offices of Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and of Arunachal Pradesh are vacant. Of the twenty-nine incumbents, four are women—Anandiben Patel in Gujarat, Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu, Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, and Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan. Serving since December 1994 (for 21 years, 62 days), Sikkim's Pawan Kumar Chamling has the longest incumbency. Parkash Singh Badal (b. 1927) of Punjab is the oldest chief minister,[2] while Uttar Pradesh's Akhilesh Yadav (b. 1973) is the youngest. Eight incumbents belong to the Indian National Congress and another eight to the Bharatiya Janata Party; no other party has more than one chief minister in office.

Current Indian chief ministers[edit]

Colour key for parties
State
(past chief ministers)
Name[3] Portrait Took office
(tenure length)
Party[a] Ref
Andhra Pradesh
(list)
N. Chandrababu Naidu Chandrababu Naidu.jpg 8 June 2014
(1 year, 249 days)
Telugu Desam Party [4]
Arunachal Pradesh
(list)
Vacant[b]
(President's rule)
Emblem of India.svg 26 January 2016
(17 days)
N/A [6]
Assam
(list)
Tarun Gogoi Tarun Gogoi - Kolkata 2013-02-10 4891 Cropped.JPG 17 May 2001
(14 years, 271 days)
Indian National Congress [7]
Bihar
(list)
Nitish Kumar Nitish Kumar (cropped).jpg 22 February 2015
(355 days)
Janata Dal (United) [8]
Chhattisgarh
(list)
Raman Singh Dr Raman Singh at Press Club Raipur Mood 2.jpg 7 December 2003
(12 years, 67 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [9]
Delhi[c]
(list)
Arvind Kejriwal ArvindKejriwal2.jpg 14 February 2015
(363 days)
Aam Aadmi Party [10]
Goa
(list)
Laxmikant Parsekar Laxmikant Parsekar during VARUNA 2015.jpg 8 November 2014
(1 year, 96 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [11]
Gujarat
(list)
Anandiben Patel Anandiben Patel Sept 2014.jpg 22 May 2014
(1 year, 266 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [12]
Haryana
(list)
Manohar Lal Khattar Manohar Lal Khattar 2015.jpg 26 October 2014
(1 year, 109 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [13]
Himachal Pradesh
(list)
Virbhadra Singh Virbhadra Singh.png 25 December 2012
(3 years, 49 days)
Indian National Congress [14]
Jammu and Kashmir
(list)
Vacant[d]
(Governor's rule)
Emblem of India.svg 9 January 2016
(34 days)
N/A [16]
Jharkhand
(list)
Raghuvar Das RaghuvarDas.png 28 December 2014
(1 year, 46 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [17]
Karnataka
(list)
Siddaramaiah Siddaramaiah1.jpg 13 May 2013
(2 years, 275 days)
Indian National Congress [18]
Kerala
(list)
Oommen Chandy Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala.jpg 18 May 2011
(4 years, 270 days)
Indian National Congress [19]
Madhya Pradesh
(list)
Shivraj Singh Chouhan Shivraj Singh Chauhan (cropped).jpg 29 November 2005
(10 years, 75 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [20]
Maharashtra
(list)
Devendra Fadnavis Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis.jpg 31 October 2014
(1 year, 104 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [21]
Manipur
(list)
Okram Ibobi Singh Okram Ibobi Singh(cropped).jpg 2 March 2002
(13 years, 347 days)
Indian National Congress [22]
Meghalaya
(list)
Mukul Sangma Mukul Sangma and Shaik Mydeen (cropped).jpg 20 April 2010
(5 years, 298 days)
Indian National Congress [23]
Mizoram
(list)
Lal Thanhawla Lal Thanhawla (cropped).jpg 7 December 2008
(7 years, 67 days)
Indian National Congress [24]
Nagaland
(list)
T. R. Zeliang T. R. Zeliang.jpg 24 May 2014
(1 year, 264 days)
Naga People's Front [25]
Odisha
(list)
Naveen Patnaik Naveen Patnaik.jpg 5 March 2000
(15 years, 344 days)
Biju Janata Dal [26]
Puducherry[c]
(list)
N. Rangaswamy N. Rangaswamy.jpg 16 May 2011
(4 years, 272 days)
All India N.R. Congress [27]
Punjab
(list)
Parkash Singh Badal ParkashSinghBadal (cropped).JPG 1 March 2007
(8 years, 348 days)
Shiromani Akali Dal [28]
Rajasthan
(list)
Vasundhara Raje Vasundhararaje.jpg 13 December 2013
(2 years, 61 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [29]
Sikkim
(list)
Pawan Kumar Chamling Pawan-Kumar-Chamling.jpg 12 December 1994
(21 years, 62 days)
Sikkim Democratic Front [30]
Tamil Nadu
(list)
Jayalalithaa Jayalalithaa1.jpg 23 May 2015
(265 days)
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [31]
Telangana
(list)
K. Chandrashekar Rao K chandrashekar rao.jpg 2 June 2014
(1 year, 255 days)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi [32]
Tripura
(list)
Manik Sarkar Manik Sarkar.jpg 11 March 1998
(17 years, 338 days)
Communist Party of India (Marxist) [33]
Uttar Pradesh
(list)
Akhilesh Yadav Akhilesh Yadav.jpg 15 March 2012
(3 years, 334 days)
Samajwadi Party [34]
Uttarakhand
(list)
Harish Rawat Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat.jpg 1 February 2014
(2 years, 11 days)
Indian National Congress [35]
West Bengal
(list)
Mamata Banerjee Mamata Banerjee - Kolkata 2011-12-08 7542 Cropped.JPG 20 May 2011
(4 years, 268 days)
All India Trinamool Congress [36]
  1. ^ This column names only the chief minister's party. The ministry he heads may be a complex coalition of several parties and independents; those are not listed here.
  2. ^ When President's rule is in force in a state, its council of ministers stands dissolved. The office of chief minister thus lies vacant.[5]
  3. ^ a b Although Delhi and Puducherry each have an elected legislature and a council of ministers (headed by the chief minister), they are officially union territories.
  4. ^ Similar to President's rule, Governor's rule is imposed as per Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Durga Das Basu. Introduction to the Constitution of India. 1960. 20th Edition, 2011 Reprint. pp. 241, 245. LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur. ISBN 978-81-8038-559-9.
  2. ^ Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta. "Bucking the trend". Frontline. Volume 29, issue 6, 24 March – 6 April 2012.
  3. ^ Chief Ministers. India.gov.in. Retrieved on 3 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Naidu takes oath as Andhra Pradesh CM". The Hindu. 8 June 2014.
  5. ^ Amberish K. Diwanji. "A dummy's guide to President's rule". Rediff.com. 15 March 2005.
  6. ^ Vijaita Singh, Nistula Hebbar. "Pranab gives assent to Central rule in Arunachal Pradesh". The Hindu. 26 January 2016.
  7. ^ Sushanta Talukdar. "Tarun Gogoi sworn in for third time". The Hindu. 19 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Nitish returns as Bihar Chief Minister". The Hindu. 22 February 2015.
  9. ^ Aarti Dhar. "Raman Singh takes oath". The Hindu. 8 December 2003.
  10. ^ Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Shubhomoy Sikdar. "Kejriwal promises to make Delhi graft-free in 5 years". The Hindu. 14 February 2015.
  11. ^ Prakash Kamat. "Parsekar sworn in after revolt fizzles out in Goa". The Hindu. 8 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Anandiben Patel takes oath as Gujarat Chief Minister". The Hindu. 22 May 2014.
  13. ^ Sarabjit Pandher. "Khattar sworn in". The Hindu. 26 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Virbhadra Singh sworn in as CM". The Hindu. 26 December 2012.
  15. ^ Bharti Jain. "Governor's rule imposed in Jammu & Kashmir". The Times of India. 9 January 2015.
  16. ^ Peerzada Ashiq. "One year later, Governor’s Rule is back in J&K". The Hindu. 9 January 2016.
  17. ^ Amarnath Tewary. "Raghuvar Das assumes office as CM". The Hindu. 28 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Siddaramaiah sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka". The Hindu. 13 May 2013.
  19. ^ "Chandy sworn in as Kerala Chief Minister". The Hindu. 19 May 2011.
  20. ^ "Shivraj Chauhan sworn in Chief Minister". The Hindu. 30 November 2005.
  21. ^ Priyanka Kakodkar. "Uddhav attends Fadnavis swearing-in". The Hindu. 31 October 2014.
  22. ^ "SPF stakes claim to form ministry in Manipur". The Hindu. 3 March 2002.
  23. ^ "Mukul Sangma sworn in as Chief Minister". The Hindu. 21 April 2010.
  24. ^ "Lal Thanhawla sworn in as Mizoram chief minister". The Times of India. 11 December 2008.
  25. ^ "Zeliang sworn in as Nagaland CM". The Hindu. 24 May 2014.
  26. ^ N. Ramdas. "Naveen Govt. installed". The Hindu. 6 March 2000.
  27. ^ "Rangasamy sworn in Puducherry CM". The Hindu. 17 May 2011.
  28. ^ "Parkash Singh Badal, 17 Ministers sworn in". The Hindu. 3 March 2007.
  29. ^ "Vasundhara swearing-in, a show of strength". The Hindu. 13 December 2013.
  30. ^ "Pawan Chamling to be longest serving Chief Minister". The Hindu. 17 May 2014.
  31. ^ Meera Srinivasan, Sruthisagar Yamunan. "Jayalalithaa is Tamil Nadu Chief Minister again". The Hindu. 23 May 2015.
  32. ^ K. Srinivas Reddy. "KCR sworn in; heads cabinet of 11 ministers". The Hindu. 2 June 2014.
  33. ^ "Manik Sarkar sworn in as Tripura CM". Rediff.com. 11 March 1998.
  34. ^ "Akhilesh may start off with a small Cabinet". The Hindu. 15 March 2012.
  35. ^ Kavita Upadhyay. "Harish Rawat sworn in Uttarakhand Chief Minister". The Hindu. 1 February 2014.
  36. ^ "Mamata, 37 Ministers sworn in". The Hindu. 21 May 2011.