Chief Ministers: India

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Age

India’s longest serving Chief Ministers (as in Nov 2015); Graphic courtesy: The Times of India, November 9, 2015
The youngest Indian Chief Ministers: Part-I; Graphic courtesy: The Times of India, November 21, 2015
The youngest Indian Chief Ministers: Part-II; Graphic courtesy: The Times of India, November 21, 2015


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India’s longest serving Chief Ministers (as in Nov 2015)

The youngest Indian Chief Ministers: Part-I

The youngest Indian Chief Ministers: Part-II

The youngest Chief Ministers of India, 2003-18

Assets

2017

Kaushik Deka , The lowdown “India Today” 10/4/2017

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From richest to poorest, Chief Ministers in India

Chief Ministers in India and their assets, movable, immovable and total, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam


From richest to poorest, Chief Ministers in India ; India Today , April 10,2017
Chief Ministers in India and their assets, movable, immovable and total, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam; Graphic courtesy: The Times of India, April 26, 2016


Criminal cases against CM’s

2017

Kaushik Deka , The lowdown “India Today” 10/4/2017

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Whose on the wrong side , India Today , April 10,2017

Official accommodation

UP bypasses SC order, lets ex-CMs keep govt houses

The Times of India, August 19, 2016

UP bypasses SC order, lets ex-CMs keep govt houses 

The Uttar Pradesh government has effected crucial changes to a state law that would allow former chief ministers of the state to occupy government bungalows for indefinite periods, a move that seeks to cleverly bypass the Supreme Court order on occupancy of CM bungalows. The Supreme Court had, in a significant ruling on VIP encroachment, said former CMs are not entitled to government accommodation and must vacate these in two months. Former UP CMs to be affected by the SC's order would've been Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ram Naresh Yadav (SP), Kalyan Singh and Rajnath Singh (BJP), Mayawati (BSP) and ND Tiwari (Congress).

With the court ordering all CMs to vacate their official bungalows within 15 days of leaving office, the UP cabinet has amended the law to grant legal sanctity to the government's decision to either allow CMs to continue to remain in government bungalows, or to issue fresh allotments.

SC repeals UP ExChief Ministers Residence Allotment Rules

The Times of India, Aug 02 2016

Dhananjay Mahapatra & Amit Anand Choudhary

6 UP ex-CMs face eviction as SC repeals `govt home for life' 

The Supreme Court has struck down a 1997 decision of the UP government to allot official bungalows in Lucknow to former chief ministers, including Union home minister Rajnath Singh, BSP chief Mayawati and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, and ordered their eviction in two months.

The bench said the Ex-Chief Ministers Residence Allotment Rules, 1997, were illegal as they ran contrary to the UP Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1981. The Act permits a minister to retain hisher official residence for only 15 days after demitting office.

On the contrary , the 1997 rules allowed the allotment of bungalows to former CMs for life. The SC said the rules were only executive instructions and could not override the Act. Writing the judgment for the bench, Justice Dave said, “The 1997 rules give largesse only to former chief ministers without any element of reasonableness.“

The state attempted to justify the allocation, saying many of the former CMs enjoyed Z-category security and the government had to make adequate arrangements for them. But the bench called it a fig leaf and said the Centre determined the category of security and would accordingly be obliged to provide appropriate accommodation

Uttarakhand HC, 2019:  ex-CMs to pay ₹16cr in rent, other dues

Vineet Upadhyay, May 4, 2019: The Times of India

What former CMs of Uttarakhand have to pay as rent, other dues after the HC’s order of 2019
From: Vineet Upadhyay, May 4, 2019: The Times of India


The Uttarakhand high court declared all orders passed by the state government from 2001 till date providing free housing and other facilities for life to former chief ministers “illegal and unconstitutional”. The HC also asked the ex-CMs to pay their pending house rent dues totalling Rs 2.8 crore, calculated at market rates, within six months.

Besides, the former CMs will also have to clear miscellaneous expenses worth Rs 13 crore in terms of water, electricity and phone bills as well as expenses on travel, fuel and salary of staff members.

According to data cited by the petitioner, Doon-based NGO, Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra, the pending rent of five ex-CMs has been calculated by the state government and submitted in the court as an affidavit. Former CM N D Tiwari owes the state government Rs 1.12 crore followed by B S Koshyari who has to pay Rs 47.57 lakh as rent. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has pending rent dues of Rs 40.95 lakh, while Vijay Bahuguna has to pay Rs 37.50 lakh.


Inform ex-CMs about dues in 4 months: HC

According to data cited by the petitioner which was procured through RTI, Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s miscellaneous dues are over Rs 3 crore followed by B C Khanduri (Rs 2.8 crore), N D Tiwari (Rs 2.3 crore), Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (Rs 2.1 crore) and Vijay Bahuguna (Rs 1.1 crore). Former chief minister Nityanand Swami also owes the state Rs 1.5 lakh.

The matter was heard in the division bench of CJ Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Ramesh Chandra Khulbe.

The HC further asked the state government to again calculate the amount within four months and to intimate it to the ex-CMs, who “within six months from the date of such intimation, will have to pay the final amount to the state .”

Former Chief Ministers

Provide 2-3 room flats: Uttarakhand HC

The Times of India, Apr 24 2016

Provide 2-3 room flats, not big houses, to ex-CMs: U'khand HC

Vineet Upadhyay

In a significant observation, the Uttarakhand high court asked the state to “frame some rules“ about providing facilities to ex-CMs. The HC was hearing a PIL filed by Avdhash Kaushal, founder of the NGO Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra. The PIL alleged that former CMs like ND Tiwari, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Ramesh Pokhriyal and BC Khanduri were being given a number of facilities including “palatial government bungalows“ at government expense even though they had their own houses. Although the HC did not pass any written order, it told the state that they should “only provide 2-3 room flats to the ex-CMs“.

The division bench of Justice UC Dhyani and VK Bist added that rules should be framed so that the ex-CMs are “alloted flats depending on their needs but not bigger than 2-3 rooms“.

In his PIL, Kaushal, a Padma Shri awardee, had mentioned a list of houses owned by the former CMs to highlight that despite having “huge houses“ as per the affidavits submitted by them, they had alloted themselves “furnished palatial bungalows“ along with staff and official vehicles, without approval from the state assembly.

Tenures

1952-2019, Apr

Chief ministers (and one Prime Minister) with the longest tenures, as in 2019 April
From: April 4, 2019: The Times of India


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Chief ministers (and one Prime Minister) with the longest tenures, as in 2019 April

As in May 2019

Chief ministers with the longest tenures, as in 2019 May
From: May 24, 2019: The Times of India

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Chief Ministers with the longest tenures, as in 2019 May

Women Chief Ministers

Women Chief Ministers (as in April 2016); Graphic courtesy: The Times of India, April 11, 2016

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Women Chief Ministers (as in April 2016)

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