You can say the Prime Minister (or, PM) of India as the Chief Executive of the Government of India.
Since 1947 (after Independence), India has witnessed a total of 14 Prime Ministers. And, if we include Gulzarilal Nanda, who was twice selected as the Acting Prime Minister, then the total number of Prime Ministers becomes 15.
The very first Prime Minister of India was Jawahar Lal Nehru, who became PM after India’s Independence from British (15th August 1947).
The current Indian Prime Minister is Narendra Modi, who is the 17th PM of India. First, he became PM in 2014 (served till 2019) and Mr Modi has been again selected as the PM of India in 2019.
The next Lok Sabha election will take place in 2024.
In this blog post, like the RBI Governors List, I will be providing you with the List of All the Indian Prime Ministers till date along with their Term Start-End Date and the Time Period in that they Served as the Indian PM.
So, here we go…
List of All the Prime Ministers of India
|Term Start||Term End||Timeframe|
|1||Jawaharlal Nehru||Indian National Congress||15-August-1947||15-April-1952||16 years, 286 days|
|–||Gulzarilal Nanda (acting)||Indian National Congress||27-May-1964||9-June-1964||13 days|
|2||Lal Bahadur Shastri||Indian National Congress||9-June-1964||11-January-1966||1 year, 216 days|
|–||Gulzarilal Nanda (acting)||Indian National Congress||11-January-1966||24-January-1966||13 days|
|3||Indira Gandhi||Indian National Congress||24-January-1966||4-March-1967||11 years, 59 days|
|4||Morarji Desai||Janata Party||24-March-1977||28-July-1979||2 years, 126 days|
|5||Charan Singh||Janata Party (Secular)|
|(3)||Indira Gandhi||Indian National Congress||14-January-1980||31-October-1984||4 years, 291 days|
|6||Rajiv Gandhi||Indian National Congress||31-October-1984||31-December-1984||5 years, 32 days|
|7||Vishwanath Pratap Singh||Janata Dal|
|8||Chandra Shekhar||Samajwadi Janata Party|
|9||P. V. Narasimha Rao||Indian National Congress||21-June-1991||16-May-1996||4 years, 330 days|
|10||Atal Bihari Vajpayee||Bharatiya Janata Party||16-May-1996||1-June-1996||16 days|
|11||H. D. Deve Gowda||Janata Dal|
|12||Inder Kumar Gujral||Janata Dal|
|(10)||Atal Bihari Vajpayee||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|19-March-1998||10-October-1999||6 years, 64 days|
|13||Manmohan Singh||Indian National Congress|
|22-May-2004||22-May-2009||10 years, 4 days|
|14||Narendra Modi||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|26-May-2014||30-May-2019||5 years, 122 days|
Rajiv Gandhi was India’s youngest Prime Minister till date who was selected after the assassination of the previous PM Smt. Indira Gandhi by her own bodyguards.
The Nehru-Gandhi family has served as the Prime Minister of India for a total of 37 years and 303 days.
In 1996, Bharatiya Janta Party leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee got selected as the Indian Prime Minister and stayed only for the 16 days which is the shortest term till date. But, Atal Bihari Vajpayee became PM again in 1998 and served the country for 6 years and 64 days.
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