Chief Minister of Delhi

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Chief Minister of National Capital Territory of Delhi
दिल्ली राष्ट्रीय राजधानी क्षेत्र के मुख्य मंत्री
Arvind Kejriwal

since 14 February 2015
Appointer President of India on advice of Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
Inaugural holder Chaudhary Brahm Prakash
Website Delhi Government

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 27 years until December 1993, when the Bharatiya Janata Party's Madan Lal Khurana was sworn in. In 1998 Sheila Dikshit 15-year reign as chief minister began, the longest by a Indian woman.[1] 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 Kerjiwal has served as Delhi's chief minister ever since.

List of Chief Ministers of Delhi

Colour key for parties
No[lower-alpha 1] Name Term[2]
(tenure length)
Party[lower-alpha 2] Tenure
1 Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Ch Brahm Prakash.jpg 17 March 1952 – 12 February 1955
(2 years, 332 days)
Indian National Congress 1062 days
2 Gurmukh Nihal Singh 12 February 1955 – 1 November 1956
(1 year, 263 days)
628 days
Office abolished, 1956–93
3 Madan Lal Khurana Madan Lal Khurana.jpg 2 December 1993 – 26 February 1996
(2 years, 86 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party 816 days
4 Sahib Singh Verma 26 February 1996 – 12 October 1998
(2 years, 228 days)
959 days
5 Sushma Swaraj Sushma Swaraj in 2014.jpg 12 October 1998 – 3 December 1998
(52 days)
52 days
6 Sheila Dikshit Sheila Dikshit (cropped).jpg 3 December 1998 – 1 December 2003
(4 years, 363 days)
Indian National Congress 5504 days
1 December 2003 - 29 October 2008
(4 years, 333 days)
29 October 2008 - 28 December 2013
(5 years, 60 days)
7 Arvind Kejriwal 100px 28 December 2013 – 14 February 2014
(48 days)
Aam Aadmi Party 48 days
President's rule Presidential Standard of India.PNG 14 February 2014 – 14 February 2015
(1 year, 0 days)
N/A 365 days
(7) Arvind Kejriwal 100px 14 February 2015 – present
(5 years, 47 days)
Aam Aadmi Party 1873 days
(1921 days)

See also


  1. A number inside brackets indicates that the incumbent has previously held office.
  2. 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.


  1. "Sheila Dikshit is India's longest serving woman CM". IBN Live. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "States of India since 1947". Retrieved 9 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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