In 1956, ‘Maha Gujarat Movement’ was stirred to create the separate Gujrati Speaking state. The opinion to form this state was to divide linguistically, that the Gujarati speaking people should get their own separate state. On 1st May 1960, the state of Gujarat was incepted. With the newly incorporated state, there came into the state administration which was headed by the Chief Minister of the state.
Following is the list of names of Chief Ministers of Gujarat.
Jivraj Narayan Mehta – Jivraj Narayan Mehta was the first Chief Minister of Gujarat. His term as CM of Gujarat was from 1 May 1960 – 18 September 1963. He was the personal Doctor of Mahatma Gandhi and was actively involved in the Satyagraha Movement. He belonged to the Indian National Congress.
Balwantrai Mehta – Balwantrai Mehta was the second Chief Minister of Gujarat, who was in office from 25 February 1963 – 19 September 1965. One of the most popular political leaders, Balwantrai was named the ‘Architect of the Panchayati Raj’ and was actively involved in the Indian Independence Movement. He belonged to the Indian National Congress.
Hitendra Kanaiyalal Desai – Hitendra Kanaiyalal was the third CM of Gujarat, who served two terms i.e. from 19 September 1965 – 3 April 1967; 3 April 1967 – 12 May 1971. He was the popular leader of Gujarat and was actively participated in the Quit India Movement. He belonged to the Indian National Congress (O).
Ghanshyam Oza – Ghanshyam was the fourth CM of Gujarat and has served his office from 17 March 1072 – 17 July 1973. He belonged to the Indian National Congress.
Chimanbhai Patel – Chimanbhai Patel was the fifth Chief Minister of the Gujarat state and was in term from 17 July 1973 – 9 February 1974; 4 March 1990 – 25 October 1990; 25 October 1990 – 17 February 1994. He was the most popular political leaders in Gujarat who served for separate three terms. He belonged to the Indian National Congress and Janata Dal.
Babubhai J. Patel – Babubhai was the sixth Chief Minister of Gujarat who held the office twice from 18 June 1975 – 12 March 1976; 11 April 1977 – 17 February 1980. He belonged to the Janata Morcha (INC (O) +BJS + BLD + SP).
Madhav Singh Solanki – Madhav Singh was the seventh Chief Minister of Gujarat who was the leader of the Indian National Congress and also the ex-External Affairs Minister of India. One of the most famous political leaders of Gujarat, Solanki served as the CM of Gujarat for four terms. His term was from 24 December 1976 – 10 April 1977; 7 June 1980 – 10 March 1985; 11 March 1985 – 6 July 1985 and 10 December 1989 – 3 March 1990.
Amarsinh Chaudhary Vyara – Vyara was the eighth Chief Minister of Gujarat, who also served as the cabinet ministers for various portfolios and served as CM of Gujarat from 6 July 1985 – 9 December 1989. He was the Indian National Congress Leader.
Chhabildas Mehta – Chhabildas Mehta was the ninth Chief Minister of Gujarat and an active participant in Mahagujarat Movement which demanded separate Gujarat state from the Bombay State.
Keshubhai Patel – Keshubhai Patel was the tenth Chief Minister of Gujarat and one of the most famous political leaders of Gujarat. He served the state of Gujarat twice i.e. from 14 March 1995 – 21 October 1995; 4 March 1998 – 6 October 2001. He was a Bharatiya Janata Party leader.
Suresh Mehta – Suresh Mehta was the eleventh CM of Gujarat, and a popular political leader of Gujarat. Mehta had held several cabinet minister posts before serving the term of CM of Gujarat from 21 October 1995 – 19 September 1996. He belonged to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Shankersinh Vaghela – One of the most prominent political leaders in Gujarat Shankersinh Vaghela was the twelfth CM of Gujarat who had held many ministerial portfolios in his entire political career till date. He served as CM from 23 October 1996 – 27 October 1997. He belonged to the Rashtriya Janata Party.
Dilip Parikh – Dilip Ramanbhai Parikh was the thirteenth CM of Gujarat, who had served his term from 28 October 1997 – 4 March 1998. He belonged to the Rashtriya Janata Party.
Narendra Modi – One of the most powerful political leaders of Gujarat Narendra Modi was the fourteenth CM of Gujarat. He is the 14th and the current Prime Minister of India. He is the longest serving Chief Minister of Gujarat. He was in CM office of Gujarat from 2001 – 2014. Narendra Modi belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Anandiben Patel – Anandiben Patel was the fifteenth CM of Gujarat, and was the first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat. A former Cabinet Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben served her term from 22 May 2014 – 7 August 2016. She belonged to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Vijay Rupani – Vijay Rupani is the sixteenth and the current Chief Minister of Gujarat. Rupani is one of the most popular political leaders of Gujarat and belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He assumed his office from 7 August 2016 till date.
13 May 1971 – 17 March 1972
9 February 1974 – 18 June 1975
12 March 1976 – 24 December 1976
17 February 1980 – 6 June 1980
19 September 1996 – 23 October 1996