List of Chief Ministers of West Bengal

Mamta Banerjee of All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) is the current Chief Minister of West Bengal. First government was formed on 15th August 1947 and Prafulla Chandra Ghosh of Indian National Congress was appointed as the first Chief Minister of West Bengal. Bidhan Chandra Roy of INC was the second chief minister of West Bengal and he ruled Bengal as CM for 13 years. Till 26 January 1950, Chief Minister was called as Premier.

Chief Ministers of West Bengal

Sl.No. Name of Chief Ministers From To Party
1 Prafulla Chandra Ghosh Aug 15, 1947 Jan 14, 1948 Indian National Congress (INC)
2 Bidhan Chandra Roy Jan 14, 1948 1 July 1962 Indian National Congress (INC)
President’s rule Jul 1, 1962 Jul 8, 1962
3 Prafulla Chandra Sen Jul 8, 1962 Mar 15, 1967 Indian National Congress (INC)
4 Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee Mar 15, 1967 Nov 2, 1967 Bangla Congress (BAC)
5 Prafulla Chandra Ghosh Nov 2, 1967 Feb 20, 1968 Independent Progressive Democratic Alliance Front
President’s rule Feb 20, 1968 Feb 25, 1969
6 Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee Feb 25, 1969 Mar 19, 1970 Bangla Congress (BAC)
President’s rule Mar 19, 1970 Apr 2, 1971
7 Prafulla Chandra Ghosh Apr 2, 1971 Jun 28, 1971 Indian National Congress (INC)
President’s rule Jun 28, 1971 Mar 19, 1972
8 Siddhartha Shankar Ray Mar 19, 1972 Jun 21, 1977 Indian National Congress (INC)
9 Jyoti Basu Jun 21, 1977 Nov 6, 2000 Communist Party of India (Marxist)- CPI (M)
10 Buddhadeb Bhattacharya Nov 6, 2000 May 13, 2011 Communist Party of India (Marxist)-CPI (M)
11 Mamata Banerjee May 20, 2011 Present All India Trinamool Congress (TMC)

You can also check the list of West Bengal Governors.

Prafulla Chandra Sen of Indian National Congress was the third chief minister of Bengal and he completed his tenure of 5 years. Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee was the fourth CM of W Bengal from Bangla Congress and managed to remain in power for a mere 7 month. Dr. Prafulla Chandra Ghosh was the fifth CM and remained in power for 3 months and some odd days (Around 100 days). Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee (Bangla Congress Party) again took the oath as sixth chief minister of Bengal and managed to remain in power for a short duration of 1 year and 22 days. Then Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee from INC was elected as seventh Chief Minister of West Bengal and remained in power for less than 3 months. In 1972 West Bengal voters elected Siddhartha Shankar Ray (INC) as eight CM of West Bengal and he was able to complete the term of 5 years. After a long time Western Bengal people witnessed a Chief Minister who has completed his term.

Communist Party of India (CPI (M)) Era

In 1977 Jyoti Basu of Communist Party of India (CPI (M)) was elected as the ninth Chief Minister of West Bengal and he remained in the power for more than 23 years; this is the longest duration for any chief minister of West Bengal. Buddhadeb Bhattacharya of Communist Party of India (Marxist) was elected as tenth chief minister of India and he managed to remain in the power for more than 10 Years. CPI (M) ruled the politics of West Bengal for 34 years and became the only political party of India who remained in the power for such a long tenure.

Mamta Banerjee Era

In 2011 Manja Banerjee of All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) defeated the Left party by a good Margin and became the eleventh chief minister of West Bengal. Mamta Banerjee is the first woman Chief Minister of West Bengal.

Leading Opinion polls are predicting that Mamta Banerjee is going to win the 2016 Assembly Elections also.

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