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The Deputy Prime Minister of India is a member of the Union Council of Ministers in the Government of India. Not a constitutional office, it seldom carries any specific powers.[1] A deputy prime minister usually also holds a cabinet portfolio such as home minister or finance minister. In the parliamentary system of government, the prime minister is treated as the "first among equals" in the cabinet; the position of deputy prime minister is used to bring political stability and strength within a coalition government or in times of national emergency, when a proper chain of command is necessary.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of India
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Incumbent
Vacant

since 22 May 2004
Member ofParliament of India
Union Council of Ministers
Cabinet of India
NominatorPrime Minister of India
AppointerPresident of India
Inaugural holderVallabhbhai Patel (1947–1950)
Formation15 August 1947; 71 years ago (1947-08-15)

The first Deputy Prime Minister of India was Vallabhbhai Patel, who was also home minister in Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet. The office has since been only intermittently occupied. The seventh and last deputy prime minister was L. K. Advani, who took on the role in addition to his home ministership from 2002 to 2004 in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government. The current government does not have a Deputy Prime Minister.

On multiple occasions, proposals have arisen to make the post permanent, but without result. The same goes for the post of deputy chief minister at the state level.

List of Deputy Prime Ministers of IndiaEdit

Keys

List of Deputy Prime Ministers of India
No. Officeholder
(Portfolio)
Portrait Took office Left office Political party
(Alliance)
Prime Minister
1 Vallabhbhai Patel
(Minister of Home Affairs)
  15 August 1947 15 December 1950 Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
Vacant (15 December 1950 – 21 March 1967)
2 Morarji Desai
(Minister of Finance)
  21 March 1967 6 December 1969 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
Vacant (6 December 1969 – 24 March 1977)
3 Charan Singh
(Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Finance)
  24 March 1977 28 July 1979 Janata Party Morarji Desai
4 Jagjivan Ram
(Minister of Defence)
 
5 Yashwantrao Chavan
(Minister of Home Affairs)
  28 July 1979 14 January 1980 Indian National Congress (Socialist) Charan Singh
Vacant (14 January 1980 – 2 December 1989)
6 Devi Lal
(Minister of Agriculture)
  2 December 1989 10 November 1990 Janata Dal
(National Front)
Vishwanath Pratap Singh
10 November 1990 21 June 1991 Chandra Shekhar
Vacant (21 June 1991 – 5 February 2002)
7 Lal Krishna Advani
(Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions)
  5 February 2002 22 May 2004 Bharatiya Janata Party
(NDA)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Vacant (Since 22 May 2004)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Of Deputy Chief Ministers and the Constitution". Retrieved 7 November 2017.