The Deputy Chief Minister is a member of the state government and usually the second highest ranking executive officer of their state's council of ministers. While not a constitutional office, it seldom carries any specific powers.[1] A deputy chief minister usually also holds a cabinet portfolio such as home minister or finance minister. In the parliamentary system of government, the Chief Minister is treated as the "first among equals" in the cabinet; the position of deputy chief minister is used to bring political stability and strength within a coalition government.

Currently, only 14 states (out of 28 states and 8 union territories) have deputy chief ministers. Out of these, Andhra Pradesh has five deputy chief ministers while Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have two deputy chief ministers each. No other state and union territory has more than one deputy chief minister in office.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has thirteen incumbents, the YSR Congress Party has five, the Indian National Congress has three, the National People's Party have two incumbents and the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Jananayak Janata Party have one incumbent each. Of the twenty five incumbents, only one is a womanDiya Kumari in Rajasthan. The longest-serving incumbent Deputy Chief Minister is Chowna Mein, who has served as the Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh since 17 July 2016 (for 7 years, 200 days). As of 2 February 2024, one state (Uttarakhand) and one union territory (Puducherry) have never had a deputy chief minister.

Current Indian deputy chief ministers

Colour key for parties
(past deputy chief ministers)
Name Portrait Took office
(tenure length)
Party Chief Minister Alliance Ref
Andhra Pradesh
Amzath Basha Shaik Bepari 8 June 2019
(4 years, 239 days)
YSR Congress Party Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy None [2]
K. Narayana Swamy
Budi Mutyala Naidu 11 April 2022
(1 year, 297 days)
Kottu Satyanarayana
Rajanna Dora Peedika [3]
Arunachal Pradesh
Chowna Mein
16 July 2016
(7 years, 201 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party Pema Khandu NDA [4]
Samrat Chaudhary thumb center 28 January 2024
(5 days)
Nitish Kumar
Vijay Kumar Sinha thumb center
Arun Sao thumb center 13 December 2023
(51 days)
Vishnu Deo Sai [5]
Vijay Sharma thumb center
Dushyant Chautala
27 October 2019
(4 years, 98 days)
Jannayak Janta Party Manohar Lal Khattar [6]
Himachal Pradesh
Mukesh Agnihotri
11 December 2022
(1 year, 53 days)
Indian National Congress Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu INDIA [7]
D. K. Shivakumar
20 May 2023
(258 days)
Indian National Congress Siddaramaiah
Madhya Pradesh


Rajendra Shukla
13 December 2023
(51 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party Mohan Yadav NDA
Jagdish Devda
Devendra Fadnavis
30 June 2022
(1 year, 217 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party Eknath Shinde [8]
Ajit Pawar
2 July 2023
(215 days)
Nationalist Congress Party
Prestone Tynsong
6 March 2018
(5 years, 333 days)
National People's Party Conrad Sangma [9]
Sniawbhalang Dhar 7 March 2023
(332 days)
Yanthungo Patton
9 March 2018
(5 years, 330 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party Neiphiu Rio [10]
T. R. Zeliang
7 March 2023
(332 days)
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party
Diya Kumari
Shri Keshav Prasad Maurya (cropped)
Shri Keshav Prasad Maurya (cropped)
15 December 2023
(49 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party Bhajan Lal Sharma
Prem Chand Bairwa thumb center
Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka
7 December 2023
(57 days)
Indian National Congress Revanth Reddy INDIA
Uttar Pradesh
Keshav Prasad Maurya
Shri Keshav Prasad Maurya (cropped)
Shri Keshav Prasad Maurya (cropped)
19 March 2017
(6 years, 320 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party Yogi Adityanath NDA [11]
Brajesh Pathak
Brajesh Pathak
Brajesh Pathak
25 March 2022
(1 year, 314 days)

See also


  1. ^ Rajendran, S. (13 July 2012). "Of Deputy Chief Ministers and the Constitution". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ Mayabrahma, Roja (2019-06-09). "Andhra Pradesh: Know about the five deputy chief ministers in YS Jagan's cabinet". Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  3. ^ "Portfolio allocated to newly appointed ministers in Andhra cabinet". Business World. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  4. ^ Arunachal Pradesh Cabinet Ministers
  5. ^ "Chhattisgarh likely to have two Deputy CMS, Raman Singh as Speaker: Report". 10 December 2023.
  6. ^ Khattar takes oath as Haryana CM, Dushyant Chautala as deputy CM
  7. ^ "Congress turns the page in Himachal: Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu is CM". 10 December 2022.
  8. ^ Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion
  9. ^ "Prestone Tysong".
  10. ^ "BJP to get deputy cm in Nagaland". The Times of India. 6 March 2018.
  11. ^ "हिंदी खबर, Latest News in Hindi, हिंदी समाचार, ताजा खबर". 19 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Sindhi Punjabi society congratulates Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak".