List of chief ministers of Tamil Nadu
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is the chief executive of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. In accordance with the Constitution of India, the governor is a state's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the chief minister. Following elections to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, the state's 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.
|Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu|
|Chief Minister's Office|
|Style||The Honourable (Formal)|
Mr./Mrs. Chief Minister (Informal)
|Status||Head of Government|
|Residence||25/9, Chittaranjan Road, Cenotaph Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 600018, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Seat||Secretariat of Tamil Nadu, Chennai|
|Appointer||Governor of Tamil Nadu by convention based on appointees ability to command confidence in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly|
|Term length||At the pleasure of the governor|
Legislative Assembly term 5 years unless dissolved sooner
no term limits specified
|Deputy||Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu|
Since 1952, Tamil Nadu has had 11 chief ministers, 12 including V. R. Nedunchezhiyan who twice acted in the role. A majority of them belonged to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party. The longest-serving chief minister, M. Karunanidhi from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam held the office for over eighteen years in multiple tenure, while he was the one who had the largest gap between two terms (nearly thirteen years). The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's J. Jayalalithaa has the second-longest tenure and the party's founder M. G. Ramachandran, the first actor to become the chief minister in India has the third-longest tenure, while his wife V. N. Janaki Ramachandran has the shortest tenure (only 23 days). One chief minister, K. Kamaraj, resigned his post and devoted all his energy for the revitalization of the Indian National Congress party, he was responsible for the elevation of Lal Bahadur Shastri to the position of Prime Minister of India after Nehru's death and Indira Gandhi after Shastri's death. while another, C. Rajagopalachari, served as the last Governor-General of India. There have been four instances of president's rule in Tamil Nadu, most recently in 1991.
List of chief ministers of Madras PresidencyEdit
The Madras Presidency, headquartered in Fort St. George, India, was a province of British India that comprised present day Tamil Nadu, the Malabar region of North Kerala, the coastal and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh, and the Bellary, Dakshina Kannada, and Udupi districts of Karnataka. It was established in 1653 to be the headquarters of the English settlements on the Coromandel Coast.
The territory under the presidency comprised only Madraspatnam and surrounding regions. But, after the Anglo-French wars and the consequent alliance between the English East India Company and the Nawab of Arcot, it was expanded to comprise the region from Northern Circars to Cape Comorin. The governance structure also evolved from a modest secretariat with a single secretary for the Public Department in 1670 to six departments overseen by a chief secretary by 1920.
The Indian Councils Act 1861 set up the Madras Legislative Council as an advisory body, without powers, through which the colonial administration obtained advice and assistance from able and willing Indian business leaders. But membership was selected (not elected) and not representative of the masses.
With the enactment of Government of India Act 1919, the first legislature was formed in 1920 after general elections. The term of the legislative council was three years. It had 132 members of whom 34 were nominated by the governor and the rest were elected. Under the Government of India Act 1935, a bicameral legislature was set up with a legislative assembly consisting of 215 members and a legislative council having 56 members. The first legislative assembly under this act was constituted in July 1937. The legislative council was a permanent body with a third of its members retiring every 3 years with power to decide on bills passed by the assembly
In 1939, the British government declared India's entrance into World War II without consulting provincial governments. The Indian National Congress protested by asking all its elected representatives to resign from the governments. Congress came back to power in 1946 after new provincial elections.
Chief Ministers of Madras StateEdit
Madras State precursor to the present day state of Tamil Nadu, was created after India became a republic on 26 January 1950. It comprised present-day Tamil Nadu and parts of present-day Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. The first legislature of the Madras State to be elected on the basis of universal suffrage was constituted on 1 March 1952, after the general elections held in January 1952.
The state was split up along linguistic lines in 1953, carving out Andhra State. Under the States Reorganisation Act, 1956, the States of Kerala, and Mysore were carved out of Madras state. Under the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh and Madras Alteration of Boundaries Act, 1959, with effect from 1 April 1960, Tirutani taluk and Pallipattu sub-taluk of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh were transferred to Madras in exchange for territories from the Chingelput and Salem districts.
On 1 October 1953, a separate Andhra State consisting of the Telugu speaking areas, of the composite Madras State was formed and the Kannada speaking area of Ballari district was also merged with the then Mysore State with effect from the above date and as a consequence, the strength of the assembly was reduced to 231. The States Reorganisation Act, 1956 came into effect from 1 November 1956 and consequently the constituencies in the erstwhile Malabar districts were merged with the Kerala State and as a consequence the strength of the Assembly was further reduced to 190. The Tamil speaking area of Kerala (the present Kanniyakumari District) and Sengottai taluk were added to Madras State. Subsequently, according to the new Delimitation of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies Order, 1956, made by the Delimitation Commission of India under the provisions of the State Reorganization Act, 1956, the strength of the Madras Legislative Assembly was raised to 205 distributed in 167 territorial constituencies, 37 two-member constituencies in each of which a seat had been reserved for Scheduled Castes and 1 two-member constituency in which a seat had been reserved for Scheduled Tribes.
On 1 April 1957, after the general elections, held in March 1957 consisted of 205 elected Members besides one nominated member. During the term of the Assembly in 1959, as result of the adjustment of boundaries between Andhra Pradesh and Madras Alteration of Boundaries Act, 1959, one member from the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly was allotted to Madras and consequently the strength of the Madras Assembly was increased to 206. During 1961, by the Two-Member Constituencies (Abolition) Act, 1961, the 38 double-member Constituencies were abolished and an equal number of single-member constituencies were reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. However, there was no change in the strength of territorial constituencies in Madras Assembly which had remained as 206.
On 3 March 1962, after the general elections held in 1962. The strength of the assembly continued to be 206. By the delimitation of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies Order, 1965, the number of territorial constituencies in Madras was increased to 234, out of which forty-two seats were reserved for Scheduled Castes and two seats for Scheduled Tribes besides one member to be nominated from the Anglo-Indian Community under Article 333 of the Constitution of India.
- Colour key for party of the chief ministers
- Other key
|Elected Constituency||Political Party[b]||Term of office||Appointed by||Legislative Assembly Election|
|From||To||Days in office|
|1||P. S. Kumaraswamy Raja
|Leader of Madras State Legislative Council||Indian National Congress||27 January 1950||9 April 1952||1st
(2 years, 73 days)
|Krishna Kumarsinhji Bhavsinhji||2nd|
|Leader of Madras State Legislative Council||Indian National Congress||10 April 1952||13 April 1954[RES]||2nd
(2 years, 3 days)
|Gudiyatham||Indian National Congress||13 April 1954||31 March 1957||1st
(2 years, 352 days)
|Sattur||13 April 1957||1 March 1962||2nd
(4 years, 322 days)
|A. J. John||2nd|
|15 March 1962||2 October 1963[RES]||3rd
(1 year, 201 days)
|Sriperumbudur||Indian National Congress||2 October 1963||28 February 1967||1st
(3 years, 149 days)
|5||C. N. Annadurai
|Leader of Madras State Legislative Council||Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam||6 March 1967||13 January 1969||1st
(1 year, 313 days)
|Sardar Ujjal Singh||4th|
Chief Ministers of Tamil NaduEdit
Madras State was renamed as Tamil Nadu (Tamil for Tamil Country) on 14 January 1969. The legislative assembly adopted a resolution on 14 May 1986, to abolish the legislative council. Thereafter, the legislative council was abolished through an act of Parliament named the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council (Abolition) Act, 1986 with effect from 1 November 1986. The state legislature is unicameral, and consists of 235 members including one nominated member.
The chief minister commands most of the executive powers while the governor has a largely ceremonial role. The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, like other chief ministers of India, is elected by legislators of the political party or the coalition which commands a simple majority in the legislative assembly. The tenure of the chief minister extends as long as he or she enjoys the confidence of the assembly. The incumbent shall vacate the office in the event of a successful motion of no confidence. Also, the President of India, acting under the recommendations of the cabinet of ministers of the Government of India, can dismiss an elected government using certain provisions of Article 356 of the Constitution of India. In 1976, M. Karunanidhi's government was dismissed and president's rule was imposed on the grounds of corruption. If a vacancy is caused to the office of the chief minister due to death, demitting, or dismissal, the governor can invite another person to form the government and request him or her to move a confidence-seeking motion in the assembly. In the event of no one enjoying majority support, the assembly is either dissolved or put in suspended animation and the state comes under president's rule or a caretaker government until fresh elections are held for the assembly. The incumbent shall be disqualified if convicted of a criminal offence with a jail sentence of two years or more. In 2014, J. Jayalalithaa lost her post due to a special court sentencing her to four years of prison term in the disproportionate assets case.
- Change in nomenclature
During the term of fourth assembly on 18 July 1967, the house by a resolution unanimously adopted and recommended that steps be taken by the State Government to secure necessary amendment to the Constitution of India to change the name of Madras State as Tamil Nadu. Accordingly, the Madras State (Alteration of Name) Act, 1968 (Central Act 53 of 1968) was passed by the Parliament of India and came into force on 14 January 1969. Consequently, the nomenclature Madras Legislative Assembly was changed into Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. From 1967 onward, the strength of the assembly continued to remain as 234 besides a nominated member.
From 1952 to 1986, the state have a parliamentary system of government with two democratically elected houses, the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. On 14 May 1986, the state government passed resolution to abolish the legislative council in the state then was moved and adopted by the house. On 1 November 1986, Tamil Nadu became an unicameral legislature and since then several times the state government has taken steps to reconstitute the legislative council, but they have failed for so long. Tamil Nadu Legislative Council has not been constituted till date in the state.
- List of chief ministers by length of term
|No.||Name||Party||Length of term|
|Longest continuous term||Total years of premiership|
|1||M. Karunanidhi||DMK||6 years, 355 days||18 years, 360 days|
|2||J. Jayalalithaa||AIADMK||4 years, 323 days||14 years, 124 days|
|3||M. G. Ramachandran||AIADMK||7 years, 198 days||10 years, 65 days|
|4||K. Kamaraj||INC||9 years, 172 days||9 years, 172 days|
|5||Edappadi K. Palaniswami||AIADMK||4 years, 79 days||4 years, 79 days|
|6||M. Bhakthavatsalam||INC||3 years, 154 days||3 years, 154 days|
|7||C. Rajagopalachari||INC||2 years, 3 days||2 years, 3 days|
|8||C. N. Annadurai||DMK||1 year, 334 days||1 year, 334 days|
|9||O. Panneerselvam||AIADMK||237 days||1 year, 106 days|
|10||M. K. Stalin||DMK||163 days||163 days|
|11||V. N. Janaki Ramachandran||AIADMK||23 days||23 days|
|Acting||V. R. Nedunchezhiyan||AIADMK/DMK||14 days||21 days|
- List by party
|No.||Political party||Number of Chief ministers||Total days of holding CMO|
|1||All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam||5+1 acting||11004 days|
|2||Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam||3+1 acting||7803 days|
|3||Indian National Congress||3||5442 days|
- Parties by total duration (in days) of holding Chief Minister's Office
Living former chief ministersEdit
As of 17 October 2021, there are two living former chief ministers of Tamil Nadu:
(2001–02, 2014–15, 2016–2017)
14 January 1951
Edappadi K. Palaniswami
12 May 1954
The most recent death of a former chief minister was that of M. Karunanidhi on 7 August 2018, aged 94.
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- A parenthetical number indicates that the incumbent has previously held office.
- This column only names the chief minister's party. The state government he heads may be a complex coalition of several parties and independents; these are not listed here.
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- The ordinal number of the term being served by the person specified in the row in the corresponding period
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