List of current Indian chief ministers

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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]

Since June 2018, the office of Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir has been vacant; Governor's rule is in force there. Of the thirty incumbents, two are womenMamata Banerjee in West Bengal and Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan. Serving since December 1994 (for 23 years, 190 days), Sikkim's Pawan Kumar Chamling has the longest incumbency. Amarinder Singh (b. 1942) of Punjab is the oldest chief minister while Arunachal Pradesh's Pema Khandu (b. 1979) is the youngest.[2] Fifteen incumbents belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party and three to the Indian National Congress; no other party has more than one chief minister in office.

Current Indian chief ministers

Colour key for parties
(past chief ministers)
Name[6] Portrait Took office
(tenure length)
Party[c] Ref
Andhra Pradesh
N. Chandrababu Naidu N. Chandrababu Naidu (cropped).jpg 8 June 2014
(4 years, 12 days)
Telugu Desam Party [7]
Arunachal Pradesh
Pema Khandu Pema Khandu.png 17 July 2016
(1 year, 338 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [8][9]
Sarbananda Sonowal Sarbananda Sonowal Assam.jpg 24 May 2016
(2 years, 27 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [10]
Nitish Kumar Nitish Kumar2.jpg 22 February 2015
(3 years, 118 days)
Janata Dal (United) [11]
Raman Singh Dr Raman Singh at Press Club Raipur Mood 2.jpg 7 December 2003
(14 years, 195 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [12]
Arvind Kejriwal Arvind Kejriwal (potrait).jpg 14 February 2015
(3 years, 126 days)
Aam Aadmi Party [13]
Manohar Parrikar RM Manohar Parrikar (cropped).jpg 14 March 2017
(1 year, 98 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [14]
Vijay Rupani Vijay Rupani speaking in Patan.png 7 August 2016
(1 year, 317 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [15]
Manohar Lal Khattar Manohar Lal Khattar 2015.jpg 26 October 2014
(3 years, 237 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [16]
Himachal Pradesh
Jai Ram Thakur Jai Ram Thakur in a Wedding (cropped).jpg 27 December 2017
(175 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [17]
Jammu and Kashmir
(Governor's rule)
Emblem of India.svg 20 June 2018
(0 days)
N/A [18]
Raghubar Das Raghuvar Das.jpg 28 December 2014
(3 years, 174 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [19]
H. D. Kumaraswamy Kumaraswamy.jpg 23 May 2018
(28 days)
Janata Dal (Secular) [20]
Pinarayi Vijayan Pinarayi.JPG 25 May 2016
(2 years, 26 days)
Communist Party of India (Marxist) [21]
Madhya Pradesh
Shivraj Singh Chouhan Shivraj Singh Chauhan (cropped).jpg 29 November 2005
(12 years, 203 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [22]
Devendra Fadnavis Devendra Fadnavis (2017).png 31 October 2014
(3 years, 232 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [23]
N. Biren Singh N. Biren Singh at BJP announcement.png 15 March 2017
(1 year, 97 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [24]
Conrad Sangma Conrad-Sangma .png 6 March 2018
(106 days)
National People's Party [25]
Lal Thanhawla Lal Thanhawla.jpg 7 December 2008
(9 years, 195 days)
Indian National Congress [26]
Neiphiu Rio Neiphiu Rio.jpg 8 March 2018
(104 days)
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party [27]
Naveen Patnaik Naveen Patnaik.jpg 5 March 2000
(18 years, 107 days)
Biju Janata Dal [28]
V. Narayanasamy V. Narayanasamy with Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster (cropped).jpg 6 June 2016
(2 years, 14 days)
Indian National Congress [29]
Amarinder Singh Captain Amarinder Singh 1.jpg 16 March 2017
(1 year, 96 days)
Indian National Congress [30]
Vasundhara Raje Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje.JPG 13 December 2013
(4 years, 189 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [31]
Pawan Kumar Chamling Pawan-Kumar-Chamling.jpg 12 December 1994
(23 years, 190 days)
Sikkim Democratic Front [32]
Tamil Nadu
Edappadi K. Palaniswami Edappadi K Palaniswami taking oath.png 16 February 2017
(1 year, 124 days)
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [33]
K. Chandrashekhar Rao Telangana CM TRS.jpg 2 June 2014
(4 years, 18 days)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi [34]
Biplab Kumar Deb Biplab Deb with Nitin Gadkari (cropped).png 9 March 2018
(103 Days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [35]
Uttar Pradesh
Yogi Adityanath Yogi Adityanath.png 19 March 2017
(1 year, 93 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [36]
Trivendra Singh Rawat Trivendra Singh Rawat.png 18 March 2017
(1 year, 94 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party [37]
West Bengal
Mamata Banerjee Mamata Banerjee - Kolkata 2011-12-08 7542 Cropped.JPG 20 May 2011
(7 years, 31 days)
All India Trinamool Congress [38]
  1. ^ Under Article 356 of the Constitution, in the event that a state government is unable to function according to constitutional provisions, the Centre can take direct control of the state machinery through the Governor. When President's rule is in force in a state, its council of ministers stands dissolved. The office of chief minister thus lies vacant. At times, the legislative assembly also stands dissolved.[3]
  2. ^ a b Similar to President's rule, Governor's rule is imposed as per Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.[4][5]
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.

See also


  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. ^ "Meet Pema Khandu: India’s youngest Chief Minister". The Hindu. 17 July 2016.
  3. ^ Amberish K. Diwanji. "A dummy's guide to President's rule". 15 March 2005. Retrieved on 3 March 2013.
  4. ^ Bharti Jain. "Governor's rule imposed in Jammu & Kashmir". The Times of India. 9 January 2015.
  5. ^ "J&K Constitution provides for Governor's rule unlike other states". The Economic Times. 2018-06-19. Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  6. ^ Chief Ministers. Retrieved on 3 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Naidu takes oath as Andhra Pradesh CM". The Hindu. 8 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Pema Khandu sworn in as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh". The Hindu. 17 July 2016.
  9. ^ "BJP forms govt in Arunachal Pradesh". The Hindu. 31 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Sarbananda Sonowal sworn in as first BJP CM of Assam". The Hindu. 24 May 2016.
  11. ^ Kumar, Arun (27 July 2017). "Grand Alliance to NDA: Nitish Kumar changes partner, continues as Bihar CM". Hindustan Times. Patna. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Aarti Dhar. "Raman Singh takes oath". The Hindu. 8 December 2003.
  13. ^ Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Shubhomoy Sikdar. "Kejriwal promises to make Delhi graft-free in 5 years". The Hindu. 14 February 2015.
  14. ^ Nistula Hebbar, Prakash Kamat. "Parrikar takes oath in Goa as SC declines Cong. plea". The Hindu. 14 March 2017.
  15. ^ Mahesh Langa. "Vijay Rupani sworn in; Gujarat Cabinet bears Shah’s stamp". The Hindu. 7 August 2016.
  16. ^ Sarabjit Pandher. "Khattar sworn in". The Hindu. 26 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Jai Ram Thakur sworn in as Himachal Chief Minister". The Indian Express. 27 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir". The Hindu. 20 June 2018.
  19. ^ Amarnath Tewary. "Raghuvar Das assumes office as CM". The Hindu. 28 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Kumaraswamy sworn in; floor test tomorrow". The Hindu. 23 May 2018.
  21. ^ C. Gouridasan Nair. "Pinarayi takes charge as Kerala Chief Minister". The Hindu. 25 May 2016.
  22. ^ "Shivraj Chauhan sworn in Chief Minister". The Hindu. 30 November 2005.
  23. ^ Priyanka Kakodkar. "Uddhav attends Fadnavis swearing-in". The Hindu. 31 October 2014.
  24. ^ Isha Gupta. "BJP leader Biren Singh sworn in as Manipur Chief Minister". India Today. 15 March 2017.
  25. ^ Shiv Sahay Singh. "Conrad Sangma sworn-in as Meghalaya CM". The Hindu. 6 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Lal Thanhawla sworn in as Mizoram chief minister". The Times of India. 11 December 2008.
  27. ^ Rahul Karmakar. "Neiphiu Rio takes charge as Nagaland Chief Minister again". The Hindu. 8 March 2018.
  28. ^ N. Ramdas. "Naveen Govt. installed". The Hindu. 6 March 2000.
  29. ^ "Puducherry: V Narayanasamy sworn in as Chief Minister". The Indian Express. 6 June 2016.
  30. ^ "Amarinder Singh sworn in as Punjab CM". The Hindu. 17 March 2017.
  31. ^ "Vasundhara swearing-in, a show of strength". The Hindu. 13 December 2013.
  32. ^ "Pawan Chamling to be longest serving Chief Minister". The Hindu. 17 May 2014.
  33. ^ T. Ramakrishnan. "Edappadi Palaniswami sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister". The Hindu. 17 February 2017.
  34. ^ K. Srinivas Reddy. "KCR sworn in; heads cabinet of 11 ministers". The Hindu. 2 June 2014.
  35. ^ Rahul Karmakar. "Biplab Kumar Deb sworn in as Tripura CM". The Hindu. 9 March 2018.
  36. ^ "Yogi Adityanath takes oath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister". The Hindu. 19 March 2017.
  37. ^ Kavita Upadhyay. "Trivendra Singh Rawat takes oath as Uttarakhand Chief Minister". The Hindu. 18 March 2017.
  38. ^ "Mamata, 37 Ministers sworn in". The Hindu. 21 May 2011.
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