Chief Ministers of Indian States and UTs, Functions, Qualifications, Appointment and List of current chief ministers


2019-09-11 | Team PendulumEdu

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Chief Minister of a State

Chief Minister is the elected head of the State Government. He acts as the link between the governor and the Council of Ministers. Art 163-164 of the Indian Constitution mentions about the Chief Minister.

Article 163 states that there shall be a Council of Ministers headed by a Chief Minister to aid and advise the Governor.

Appointment of a Chief Minister:

Article 164 states that the Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor and the other ministers shall be appointed on the advice of Chief Minister. The article also states that the total number of Ministers, including the chief minister of state, shall not exceed 15% of the total strength of the State Legislative Assembly.

Qualifications for Chief Minister:

  • He/She should be a Citizen of India.
  • He/She should be of 25 years of age or more.
  • He/She should be a member of either house of the State Legislature. In case not an MLA/MLC, can be elected as Chief Minister but he/she should become an MLA/MLC within six months from the date of their appointment.

Functions of Chief Minister:

  • Advises the governor regarding the appointment of other Ministers and decides the portfolios for them.
  • Presides over the cabinet meetings
  • All the decisions taken by the government are shared with Governor and provides information regarding decisions of other ministers as and when asked by the Governor.
  • Advises the Governor for dissolution of the Legislative Assembly which may or may not accept his advice.
  • The Council of Ministers is collectively responsible to the State Legislative Assembly.

 

The Chief Minister has the real executive powers in the State. The Chief Minister and Council of Ministers enjoy these powers until they maintain the confidence of the majority.

List of Current Chief Ministers

State/UTs

Chief Minister

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Pema Khandu

ANDHRA PRADESH

Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy

ASSAM

Sarbananda Sonowal

BIHAR

Nitish Kumar

CHHATTISGARH

Bhupesh Baghel

DELHI

Arvind Kejriwal

GOA

Pramod Sawant

GUJARAT

Vijay Rupani

HARYANA

Manohar Lal Khattar

HIMACHAL PRADESH

Jai Ram Thakur

JAMMU & KASHMIR

Vacant (President’s Rule)

JHARKHAND

Raghubar Das

KARNATAKA

B.S. Yediyurappa

KERALA

Pinarayi Vijayan

MADHYA PRADESH

Kamal Nath

MAHARASHTRA

Devendra Fadnavis

MANIPUR

Nongthombam Biren Singh

MEGHALAYA

Conrad Kongkal Sangma

MIZORAM

Pu Zoramthanga

NAGALAND

Neiphiu Rio

ODISHA

Naveen Patnaik

PUDUCHERRY

V. Narayanasamy

PUNJAB

Captain Amarinder Singh

RAJASTHAN

Ashok Gehlot

SIKKIM

Prem Singh Tamang (P S Golay)

TAMIL NADU

Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami

TELANGANA

K.Chandrashekhar Rao

TRIPURA

Biplab Kumar Deb

UTTAR PRADESH

Yogi Adityanath

UTTARAKHAND

Trivendra Singh Rawat

WEST BENGAL

Mamata Banerjee

 

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