List of chief ministers of Delhi head of government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, India

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Chief Minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi
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Emblem of the National Capital Territory of Delhi
Arvind Kejriwal September 02, 2017 crop.jpg
Arvind Kejriwal

since 14 February 2015 (2015-02-14)
AppointerLieutenant Governor of Delhi
Inaugural holderChaudhary Brahm Parkash
Formation17 March 1952; 69 years ago (1952-03-17)

The Chief Minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi is the head of government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. According to the Constitution of India, the lieutenant governor is National Capital Territory of 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 the person has the confidence of the assembly, the chief minister's term is for five years and is subject to no term limits.

Since 1952, National Capital Territory of Delhi has had 7 chief ministers, starting with the Indian National Congress party's Chaudhary Brahm Prakash. Shortly after his term ended, the office of chief minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi was abolished for 37 years until 2 December 1993, when the Bharatiya Janata Party's Madan Lal Khurana was sworn in. The longest-serving chief minister, Sheila Dikshit from the Indian National Congress party held the office for over fifteen years.[1]. On 28 December 2013, Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party sworn in as first state party chief minister of the national capital territory. There have been one instance of president's rule in National Capital Territory of Delhi, most recently in 2015.

The current incumbent is Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party since 14 February 2015.


  • Assassinated or died in office
  • § Returned to office after a previous non-consecutive term
  • RES Resigned
No. Portrait Name


Elected Constituency Political Party[a] Term of office[2] Appointed by Assembly (Election)
1 Chaudhary Brahm Parkash.jpg Chaudhary Brahm Parkash
Nangloi Jat Indian National Congress 17 March 1952 12 February 1955[RES] 2 years, 332 days Shankar Prasada Interim
(1952 election)
2 Gurmukh Nihal Singh.png Gurmukh Nihal Singh
Daryaganj Indian National Congress 12 February 1955 1 November 1956 1 year, 263 days
Office abolished (1 November 1956 – 1 December 1993)
3 Madan Lal Khurana.jpg Madan Lal Khurana
Moti Nagar Bharatiya Janata Party 2 December 1993 26 February 1996[RES] 2 years, 86 days Prasannabhai Karunashankar Dave 1st
(1993 election)
4 The Union Labour Minister Dr. Sahib Singh chairing the 165th Meeting of the CBT, Employees Provident Fund in New Delhi on December 3, 2003 (Wednesday) (cropped).jpg Sahib Singh Verma
Shalimar Bagh Bharatiya Janata Party 26 February 1996 12 October 1998[RES] 2 years, 228 days
5 Sushma Swaraj Ji.jpg Sushma Swaraj
Not Contested Bharatiya Janata Party 12 October 1998 3 December 1998 52 days Vijai Kapoor
6 Sheila Dikshit Ji.jpg Sheila Dikshit
New Delhi Indian National Congress 3 December 1998 1 December 2003 15 years, 25 days 2nd
(1998 election)
2 December 2003 29 November 2008 3rd
(2003 election)
30 November 2008 28 December 2013 Tejendra Khanna 4th
(2008 election)
7 Arvind Kejriwal September 02, 2017 crop.jpg Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi Aam Aadmi Party 28 December 2013 14 February 2014[RES] 48 days Najeeb Jung 5th
(2013 election)
Emblem of India.svg Vacant
(President's rule)
N/A 14 February 2014 14 February 2015 1 year, 0 days Dissolved
(7) Arvind Kejriwal September 02, 2017 crop.jpg Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi Aam Aadmi Party 14 February 2015[§] 15 February 2020 6 years, 87 days Najeeb Jung 6th
(2015 election)
16 February 2020 Incumbent Anil Baijal 7th
(2020 election)


List of chief ministers by length of term
No. Name Party Length of term
Longest continuous term Total years of premiership
1 Sheila Dikshit INC 15 years, 25 days 15 years, 25 days
2 Arvind Kejriwal AAP 6 years, 87 days 6 years, 135 days
3 Chaudhary Brahm Parkash INC 2 years, 332 days 2 years, 332 days
4 Sahib Singh Verma BJP 2 years, 228 days 2 years, 228 days
5 Madan Lal Khurana BJP 2 years, 86 days 2 years, 86 days
6 Gurmukh Nihal Singh INC 1 year, 263 days 1 year, 263 days
7 Sushma Swaraj BJP 52 days 52 days
Arvind KejriwalVacantArvind KejriwalSheila DikshitSushma SwarajSahib Singh VermaMadan Lal KhuranaVacantGurmukh Nihal SinghChaudhary Brahm Parkash
List by party
Political parties by total time-span of their member holding CMO (12 May 2021)
No. Political party Number of Chief ministers Total days of holding CMO
1 Indian National Congress 3 7194 days
2 Aam Aadmi Party 1 2327 days
3 Bharatiya Janata Party 3 1827 days
Parties by total duration (in days) of holding Chief Minister's Office

Living former chief minister

As of 12 May 2021, there is no living former chief minister of National Capital Territory of Delhi:

The most recent death of a former chief minister was that of Sushma Swaraj on 6 August 2019, aged 67.

See also


  1. ^ 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.


  1. ^ "Sheila Dikshit is India's longest serving woman CM". IBN Live. 9 December 2008. Archived from the original on 27 June 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  2. ^ The ordinal number of the term being served by the person specified in the row in the corresponding period

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