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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Prime Minister of India

Prime Minister of India as per the Indian Constitution is the Chief of the Government. He is the also the chief adviser to the President and head of the Council of Ministers. The Prime Minister is the senior-most member of cabinet in the executive of government in a parliamentary system. Shree Narendra Damodardas Modi is the 14th and the current prime minister of India since 26 May 2014.


Required Eligibility Criteria for Prime Minister of India

A person to become the Prime Minister of India must need to fulfill the below mentioned qualifications:

  • He/She must be a citizen of India.
  • He/She must be a member of the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha. If not, He must become the member of either of the houses within six months.
  • Minimum age of 25 years required if member of the Lok Sabha or above 30 years of age if member of the Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister of India List

Prime Ministers of India Term of Office
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru 15 August 1947 - 27 May 1964
Gulzarilal Nanda 27 May 1964 - 9 June 1964
Lal Bahadur Shastri 9 June 1964 - 11 January 1966
Gulzarilal Nanda 11 January 1966 - 24 January 1966
Indira Gandhi 24 January 1966 - 24 March 1977
Morarji Desai 24 March 1977 - 28 July 1979
Charan Singh 28 July 1979 - 14 January 1980
Indira Gandhi 14 January 1980 - 31 October 1984
Rajiv Gandhi 31 October 1984 - 2 December 1989
Vishwanath Pratap Singh 2 December 1989 - 10 November 1990
Chandra Shekhar 10 November 1990 - 21 June 1991
P. V. Narasimha Rao 21 June 1991 - 16 May 1996
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 16 May 1996 - 1 June 1996
H. D. Deve Gawda 1 June 1996 - 21 April 1997
Inder Kumar Gujaral 21 April 1997 - 19 March 1998
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 19 March 1998 - 22 May 2004
Manmohan Singh 22 May 2004 - 26 May 2014
Narendra Modi 26 May 2014 - Present

First Prime Minister of India


Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister of India. He took oath as the Prime Minister on 15 August 1947, when India gained independence from the British Raj. He served the nation as Prime Minister from 15 August 1947 to 27 May 1964 (16 years, 266 days). He remains India`s longest-serving prime minister. For more details, read this post.

Second Prime Minister of India


Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second prime minister of India. He was the member of the Indian National Congress Party and was appointed by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (then President) on 9 June 1964. He served the nation as PM from 9 June 1964 to 11 January 1966 (1 year, 216 days).

Third Prime Minister of India


Indira Gandhi was the third prime minister of India. She was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru. She served the nation as PM four times. She took the oath for the first time after the sudden demise of Lal Bahadur Shastri at Tashkent on 24 January 166 and remained in the office till 4 March 1967. She was the PM for second time from 4 March 1967 - 15 March 1971. And from from 15 March 1971 to 24 March 1977 for the third time. She again became the PM of India for the fourth time and remained in the office from 14 January 1980 until her assassination on 31 October 1984.  She was the second-longest serving Indian Prime Minister after Jawaharlal Nehru.

Who was the Prime Minister of India during Kargil War?


Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister of India during Kargil war. He was the 10th prime minister of India from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). He served the nation as PM twice. For the first time, he was appointed on 16 May 1996 by President Shankar Dayal Sharma for 16 days only. In the second term, he was appointed by K.R. Narayanan and served as India`s PM for 6 years, 64 days from 19 March 1998 to 22 May 2004.

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