List of all Chief Ministers of West Bengal (1947-2021)

The Governor is a state's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the Chief Minister. In this article, we have provided a list of all the Chief Ministers of West Bengal.
Created On: May 3, 2021 17:21 IST
Modified On: May 5, 2021 14:10 IST
List of all Chief Ministers of West Bengal (1947-2021)
List of all Chief Ministers of West Bengal (1947-2021)

The Governor is a state's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the Chief Minister. In simpler terms, Chief Minister is the real executive of the Government. Article 164 of the Indian Constitution deals with the appointment of the Chief Minister and other Ministers by the Governor. 

In August 1947, the British Indian province of Bengal was divided into East Bengal (part of Pakistan) and West Bengal (part of India). Since then, the state has been ruled by eight Chief Ministers.

After spearheading the landslide victory of All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) in the West Bengal Assembly Election 2021, Mamta Banerjee took oath as the Chief Minister of West Bengal on 5 May 2021 for the third term in a row. Below we have provided a list of all the Chief Ministers of West Bengal. 

Premiers of West Bengal
S.No. Name Tenure Party
1. Prafulla Chandra Ghosh

15 August 1947 

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22 January 1948

Indian National Congress (INC)
2. Bidhan Chandra Roy

23 January 1948

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25 January 1950

Chief Ministers of West Bengal
S.No. Chief Minister Tenure Party 
1. Bidhan Chandra Roy

26 January 1950

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1 July 1962

Indian National Congress (INC)
2. Prafulla Chandra Sen

9 July 1962

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28 February 1967

3. Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee

1 March 1967

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21 November 1967

Bangla Congress (United Front)
4. Prafulla Chandra Ghosh

21 November 1967

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19 February 1968

Independent (Progressive Democratic Front)
  President's Rule

20 February 1968

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25 February 1969

 
(3) Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee

25 February 1969

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16 March 1970

Bangla Congress (United Front)
  President's Rule

19 March 1970

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2 April 1971

 
(3) Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee

2 April 1971

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28 June 1971

Bangla Congress (Democratic Coalition)
  President's Rule

29 June 1971

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20 March 1972

 
5.  Siddhartha Shankar Ray

20 March 1972

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30 April 1977

Indian National Congress (Progressive Democratic Alliance)
  President's Rule

30 April 1977

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20 June 1977

 
6. Jyoti Basu

21 June 1977

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5 November 2000

Communist Party of India (Marxist)
7. Buddhadeb Bhattacharya

6 November 2000

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13 May 2011

8. Mamata Banerjee

20 May 2011

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Present

All India Trinamool Congress (AITC)

Key Highlights:

1- West Bengal came under President's Rule on four occasions between 1968 and 1977. 

2- Jyoti Basu is the longest-serving Chief Minister of West Bengal with over 23 years in office.

3- Prafulla Chandra Ghosh is the shortest-serving Chief Minister of West Bengal. 

4- Mamta Banerjee is the first and only female Chief Minister of West Bengal. 

This was the complete list of all the Chief Ministers of West Bengal. The students who will be appearing for the government, as well as competitive examinations, are advised to go through the list thoroughly. 

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  • SohamMay 5, 2021
    Very informative