Punjab Chief Minister List

Till date, we have seen 17 different persons as chief ministers of Punjab, in a total of 25 terms. Since independence, the elections for the Punjab Vidhan Sabha are held for 16 times and the last elections were held in February 2022. Punjab has been under the President's rule for a record 8 times. A complete list of CMs of Punjab is given in the following sections.

Current CM of Punjab

The current chief minister of Punjab is Bhagwant Mann, who belongs to Aam Aadmi Party and became CM of Punjab in Feb 2022. It is his first term as the CM of Punjab. The last elections held in 2022 were for the 16th Legislative Assembly of Punjab (Punjab Vidhan Sabha). In these elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) got a clear majority by winning 92 seats from a total of 117 seats and Bhagwant Mann became the chief minister of the state of Punjab. For a list of council of ministers in the current govt, check the page Punjab Ministers List 2023.

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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 became the chief minister of Punjab in 1970. He is a member of Shiromani Akali Dal. In 2012, he became the chief minister of the state for the record fifth time. Earlier he was inducted as the CM in 1970, 1977, 1997, 2007 and 2012. He also has the record of becoming MLA of the state for maximum number of times. In 2017 elections, he was elected as MLA for the 11th 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 - Captain Amarinder Singh has served as the CM of Punjab first in 2002 and then again in 2017. He is a former amry man and served as a Captain in the Indian Army, that's why having the title 'Captain' with his name. He has also participated in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965. In 2017 he became the CM for the second terms and was in the chair in 2021 when his party decided to replace him before completion of his term. He has earlier served as CM from 2002 to 2007 also. He belongs to the royal family of Maharaja Patiala and is a son of last king of princely state of Patiala, so sometimes referred as Maharaja Amarinder Singh. He is also an avid writer and has written various books, most notably The Last Sunset: Rise and Fall of Lahore Durbar.
  16. Charanjit Singh Channi - He became the chief minister of Punjab in 2021 and was in the chair for almost 6 months.
  17. Bhagwant Mann - He is the current CM of Punjab, who became the Chief Minister in March 2022 when his party Aam Aadmi Party got a clear majority by winning 92 out of the 117 seats of the Punjab Assembly.

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.