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The Chief Minister of Delhi is the chief executive of the National Capital Territory of Delhi in 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.

Chief Minister of National Capital Territory of Delhi
Arvind Kejriwal June 15, 2015 crop.jpg
Arvind Kejriwal

since 14 February 2015
AppointerPresident of India on advice of Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
Inaugural holderChaudhary Brahm Prakash
WebsiteDelhi Government

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 37 years until December 1993, when the Bharatiya Janata Party's Madan Lal Khurana was sworn in. In 1998 Sheila Dikshit's 15-year reign as chief minister began, the longest by an 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 Kejriwal has served as Delhi's chief minister ever since.


List of Chief Ministers of DelhiEdit

Colour key for parties
No[a] Name
Portrait Party[b] Term[2] Assembly
1 Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Yadav
  Indian National Congress 17 March 1952 12 February 1955 2 years, 332 days Interim Assembly (1952–56)
(1952 election)
2 Gurmukh Nihal Singh
(Darya Ganj)
  12 February 1955 1 November 1956 1 year, 263 days
Office abolished, 1956–93
3 Madan Lal Khurana
(Moti Nagar)
  Bharatiya Janata Party 2 December 1993 26 February 1996 2 years, 86 days First Assembly (1993–98)
(1993 election)
4 Sahib Singh Verma
(Shalimar Bagh)
  26 February 1996 12 October 1998 2 years, 228 days
5 Sushma Swaraj   12 October 1998 3 December 1998 52 days
6 Sheila Dikshit
(New Delhi)
  Indian National Congress 3 December 1998 1 December 2003 15 years, 25 days Second Assembly (1998–2003)
(1998 election)
1 December 2003 29 October 2008 Third Assembly (2003-08)
(2003 election)
29 October 2008 28 December 2013 Fourth Assembly (2008–13)
(2008 election)
7 Arvind Kejriwal
(New Delhi)
  Aam Aadmi Party 28 December 2013 14 February 2014 48 days Fifth Assembly (2013-15)
(2013 election)
President's rule N/A 14 February 2014 14 February 2015 1 year, 0 days
(7) Arvind Kejriwal
(New Delhi)
  Aam Aadmi Party 14 February 2015 Incumbent 4 years, 189 days Sixth Assembly (2015–20)
(2015 election)

See alsoEdit


  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.
  2. ^ "States of India since 1947". Retrieved 9 March 2011.

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