List of Chief Ministers of Punjab


Till date, we have seen 15 different persons as chief ministers of Punjab, in a total of 22 terms. The assembly elections in the state are held for 14 times and the next elections of Punjab Vidhan Sabha will be held in February 2017. Punjab has been under the President's rule for a record 8 times. A complete list of CM of Punjab is given in the following sections.

Current CM of Punjab

The current chief minister of Punjab is S. Parkash Singh Badal. He belongs to Shiromani Akali Dal and has become the chief minister of the state for the record fifth time in Feb 2012. The last elections held in 2012 were for the 14th Punjab Vidhan Sabha. In these elections, Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP alliance got a clear majority by winning 68 seats from a total of 117 seats and Sardar Parkash Singh Badal became the chief minister of state.

NOTE: Few people ask the question that who is Prime Minister of Punjab. The answer is - No One. In India, the head of state government is called as Chief Minister and head of central government is called as Prime Minister or PM. Narendra Modi of Bhartiya Janta Party is the current Prime Minister of India.

Punjab Politics Directory

Punjab Assembly Directory For complete political history of Punjab, take a look at the book Electoral Constituencies and Political Leaders of Punjab (ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਚੋਣ ਹਲਕੇ ਅਤੇ ਰਾਜਸੀ ਆਗੂ). This book contains information about all the electoral constituencies in Punjab. It also contains brief details about all the elected M.L.A.s, M.P.s of Punjab since independence. It also throws some light on the Political Families of Punjab.

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List of CM of Punjab

A complete list of all the chief ministers of Punjab is given here.
  1. Dr. Gopi Chand Bhargava - After the independence, he was the first chief minister of Punjab. He was born in 1889 in Sarsa district of undivided Punjab. He name of his father was Munshi Badri Prasad. He passed MBBS from Medical College, Lahore in 1912 and started medical profession in 1913. He became chief minister of Punjab on 15 August, 1947 and was in the chair till 13 April, 1949. Second time, he was the chief minister of the state from 18 October, 1949 to 20 June 1951. On 21 June, 1964 he became the chief minister for the third time and remained the chief minister till 6 July, 1964. He died on 26 December, 1966.
  2. Shri Bhim Sen Sachar - This freedom figher of Punjab was born on 1 December, 1893 in the house of Rai Sahib Nanak Chand Sachar at Peshawar (now in Pakistan). He was the chief minister of Punjab from 13 April, 1949 to 18 October, 1949. He was again elected as chief minister for second time on 17 April, 1952 and resigned from the post on 23 January, 1956. He also ramained the governor of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.
  3. S. Partap Singh Kairon
  4. Shri Ram Kishan
  5. Giani Gurmukh Singh Mussafir
  6. S. Gurnam Singh
  7. S. Lachhman Singh Gill
  8. S. Parkash Singh Badal - S. Parkash Singh Badal is the current chief minister of Punjab. He is a member of Shiromani Akali Dal. He became the chief minister of the state for the fifth time. He became the chief minister in 1970, 1977, 1997, 2007 and 2012. He also has the record of becoming MLA of the state for maximum number of times. In 2012 elections, he was elected MLA for the 10th time and represents Lambi constituency in Sri Muktsar Sahib district.
    S. Parkash Singh Badal, chief patron of Shiromani Akali Dal, was choosen of Padma Vibhushan award in year 2015, by Narendra Modi led BJP government in the center. It is the second highest civilan award in India. He was honoured with this award for his life time contribution to the political scene in India. He was presented this award on 30 March, 2015 by the President of India Sh. Pranab Mukherjee. The citation presented to Badal termed him the "grand patriarch on the Indian political scene."
  9. Giani Zail Singh
  10. S. Darbara Singh
  11. S. Surjit Singh Barnala
  12. S. Beant Singh
  13. S. Harcharan Singh Brar
  14. Smt. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal - She was the chief minister for less than 3 months, from 21 November 1996 to 11 February 1997. Till date, she is the only female chief minister of Punjab.
  15. Capt. Amarinder Singh


Who is the current chief minister of Punjab?

Answer: S. Parkash Singh Badal. It is his fifth term as chief minister of the state.

Who was the first chief minister of Punjab?

Answer: Dr. Gopi Chand Bhargava. He became the chief minister on 15 August, 1947 when India got independence.

What is the name of the only lady chief minister of Punjab

Answer : Bibi Rajinder Kaur Bhattal is the first and only women till date to become the chief minister of Punjab.