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List of female Indian chief ministers

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Sixteen women have served as the chief minister of an Indian state. Currently, three are in office — Vasundhara Raje, Mamata Banerjee and Mehbooba Mufti. Of the thirteen states to have been headed by a female chief minister, only three—Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh—have had two woman premiers. Five of the woman chief ministers belonged to the Indian National Congress, four to the Bharatiya Janata Party and two to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

In the Republic of India, a chief minister is the head of government of each of twenty-nine states and two union territories (Delhi and Puducherry). According to the Constitution of India, at the state-level, the governor is de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the chief minister. Following elections to the state legislative assembly, the 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 he has the confidence of the assembly, the chief minister's term is for five years; the office is subject to no term limits.

Chronological list of female Indian chief ministers

Key

*  incumbent chief minister

References

List of female Indian chief ministers Wikipedia


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