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Deputy Chief Minister of Kerala
Seal of Government of Kerala
since 25 March 1987
Member of
NominatorChief Minister of Kerala
AppointerGovernor of Kerala
Inaugural holderR. Sankar (1960–1962)
Formation1 November 1956; 67 years ago (1956-11-01)

The Deputy Chief Minister of Kerala, an executive appointed by Governor, is a member of the Kerala Cabinet, part of the with the Kerala Council of Ministers, headed by the Chief Minister. The Deputy Chief Minister is the second highest ranking member of the Cabinet.


The office has since been occupied only thrice, having been occupied for a few years out of the 65 years since its inception:

List of Deputy Chief Ministers of Kerala

No.[a] Deputy Chief Minister Party Photo From To Days in office Chief Minister
1 R. Sankar Indian National Congress 22 February 1960 26 September 1962 2 years, 216 days Pattom A. Thanu Pillai
2 CH Mohammed Koya Indian Union Muslim League 28 December 1981 17 March 1982 79 days K. Karunakaran
24 May 1982 28 September 1983 1 year, 127 days
3 K. Avukader Kutty Naha 24 October 1983 25 March 1987 3 years, 152 days

See also


  1. ^ Deputy Chief Minister, First. "First Deputy Chief Minister". Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  2. ^ Deputy Chief Minister, Second. "Second Deputy Chief Minister". Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  3. ^ Deputy Chief Minister, Third. "Third Deputy Chief Minister". Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  1. ^ A number in parentheses indicates that the incumbent has previously held office.

Further reading