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List of chief ministers of Uttarakhand

The chief minister of the state of Uttarakhand, is the head of the Government of Uttarakhand. As per the Constitution of India, the Governor of Uttarakhand is the state's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the chief minister. Following elections to the Uttarakhand 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 that he has the confidence of the assembly, the chief minister's term is for five years and is subject to no term limits.[1]

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
Trivendra Singh Rawat

since 18 March 2017
StyleThe Honourable (formal)
Mr. Chief Minister (informal)
StatusHead of government
Member of
Reports to
ResidenceMukhyamantri Awas, New Cantt Road, Dehradun
AppointerGovernor of Uttarakhand
by convention, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the Assembly
Term lengthAt the pleasure of the governor
Assembly term is 5 years unless dissolved sooner
No term limits specified
Inaugural holderNityanand Swami (2000–2001)
Formation9 November 2000; 18 years ago (2000-11-09)
WebsiteChief Minister of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand was formed on November 9, 2000, when it was carved out from the himalayan districts of Uttar Pradesh. Eight people have served as the state's chief minister, across five assembly terms; five of those belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party including the current incumbent Trivendra Singh Rawat and the inaugural office holder Nityanand Swami, while the remaining three belong to the Indian National Congress.



The Constitution of India sets the principle qualifications one must meet to be eligible to the office of the chief minister. A chief minister must be:

  • a citizen of India.
  • should be a member of the state legislature. If a person is elected chief minister who is not a member of the legislature, then he/she must take sign from governor.
  • of 25 years of age or more[2]

An individual who is not a member of the legislature can be considered as the chief minister provided he/she gets himself/herself elected to the State Legislature within six months from the date of their appointment. Failing which, he/she would cease to be the chief minister.

List of the Chief Ministers of UttarakhandEdit

Following is the list of the Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand since its inception on 9 November 2000:

Colour key for parties
Portrait Party[a] Elected constituency Term[3]
Appointed by
1 Nityanand Swami
  Bharatiya Janata Party MLC for Garhwal Division Graduates 9 November 2000 29 October 2001 354 days Interim Assembly Surjit Singh Barnala
(Swami ministry)
2 Bhagat Singh Koshyari
(born 1942)
  MLC for Kumaon Division Teachers 30 October 2001 1 March 2002 122 days
(Koshyari ministry)
3 Narayan Datt Tiwari
  Indian National Congress Ramnagar 2 March 2002 7 March 2007 5 years, 5 days 1st Assembly
(2002 election)
(Tiwari ministry)
4 Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri
(born 1934)
  Bharatiya Janata Party Dhumakot 7 March 2007 26 June 2009 2 years, 111 days 2nd Assembly
(2007 election)
Sudarshan Agarwal
(First Khanduri ministry)
5 Ramesh Pokhriyal
(born 1959)
  Thalisain 27 June 2009 10 September 2011 2 years, 75 days Banwari Lal Joshi
(Pokhriyal ministry)
(4) Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri
(born 1934)
  Dhumakot 11 September 2011 13 March 2012 184 days
(total 2 years, 295 days)
Margaret Alva
(Second Khanduri ministry)
6 Vijay Bahuguna
(born 1947)
  Indian National Congress Sitarganj 13 March 2012 31 January 2014 1 year, 324 days 3rd Assembly
(2012 election)
(Bahuguna ministry)
7 Harish Rawat
(born 1948)
  Dharchula 1 February 2014 27 March 2016 2 years, 55 days Aziz Qureshi
(Harish Rawat ministry)
(President's rule)[4]
  N/A N/A 27 March 2016 21 April 2016 25 days N/A
(7) Harish Rawat
(born 1948)
  Indian National Congress Dharchula 21 April 2016 22 April 2016 1 day Krishan Kant Paul
(Harish Rawat ministry)
(President's rule)
  N/A N/A 22 April 2016 11 May 2016 19 days
(total 44 days)
(7) Harish Rawat
(born 1948)
  Indian National Congress Dharchula 11 May 2016 17 March 2017 310 days
(total 3 years, 1 day)
Krishan Kant Paul
(Harish Rawat ministry)
8 Trivendra Singh Rawat
(born 1960)
  Bharatiya Janata Party Doiwala 18 March 2017 Incumbent 2 years, 180 days 4th Assembly
(2017 election)
(Trivendra Singh Rawat ministry)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ This column only names the chief minister's party. The state government (s)he heads may be a complex coalition of several parties and independents; these are not listed here.


  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. Note: although the text talks about Indian state governments in general, it applies for the specific case of Uttarakhand as well.
  2. ^ Constitution of India, Article 173
  3. ^ Former Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand. Government of Uttarakhand. Retrieved on 21 August 2013.
  4. ^

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