• K Shivakumar sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
  • Appointment of a Deputy CM has been a long-standing feature of Indian politics.
  • The post of Deputy CM represents a political compromise that often follows the formation of a coalition government or when no single leader commands unchallenged authority in the party in power and loyalty across all key interest groups.
  • The first leader to hold the post of deputy CM in independent India was the Congress’s Anugrah Narayan Sinha.
  • He was one of the tallest leaders to emerge from Bihar, termed the “mason of modern Bihar and its politics”.
  • Later on, Karpoori thakur became deputy CM in 1967.
  • Subsequently more states began to follow this pattern.
  • At present 11 states in the country have Deputy CMs.
  • In the northeastern states, where multi-party coalition governments are the norm, four of the seven states have Deputy CMs.


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