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Deputy Prime Minister of India
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since 22 May 2004
Member of Parliament of India
Union Council of Ministers
Nominator Prime Minister of India
Appointer President of India
Inaugural holder Vallabhbhai Patel (1947–1950)
Formation 15 August 1947; 73 years ago (1947-08-15)

The Deputy Prime Minister of India (IAST: Bhārat kē Uppradhānamantrī) is the deputy head of the Government of India. It is the second highest ranking member of the Union Council of Ministers. A deputy prime minister usually also holds a cabinet portfolio such as the home minister, defence minister or finance minister. In the parliamentary system of government, the prime minister is treated as the "first among equals" in the cabinet; the position of deputy prime minister is used to bring political stability and strength within a coalition government or in times of national emergency, when a proper chain of command is necessary.

The office is having been occupied for a little more than 11 years out of the 73 years since its establisment.


The first deputy prime minister was Vallabhbhai Patel. He occupied the post for 3 years until his death in 1950. The post was empty until Morarji Desai became the second deputy prime minister in 1967.

L. K. Advani served as the seventh deputy prime minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet from 2002 to 2004. The post has been vacant since 2004.

List of Deputy Prime Ministers of India


List of Deputy Prime Ministers of India
No. Officeholder
Portrait Term of office Political party
Prime Minister
1 Vallabhbhai Patel
(Minister of Home Affairs)
Vallabhbhai Patel 1965 stamp of India.jpg 15 August 1947 15 December 1950 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0122.&&&&&0122 days Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
Vacant (15 December 1950 – 21 March 1967)
2 Morarji Desai
(Minister of Finance)
Morarji Desai 1996 stamp of India.jpg 21 March 1967 6 December 1969 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0260.&&&&&0260 days Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
Vacant (6 December 1969 – 24 January 1979)
3 Charan Singh
(Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Finance)
Charan Singh 1990 stamp of India.jpg 24 January 1979 28 July 1979 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0185.&&&&&0185 days Janata Party Morarji Desai
4 Jagjivan Ram
(Minister of Defence)
Jagjivan Ram 1991 stamp of India.jpg
5 Yashwantrao Chavan
(Minister of Home Affairs)
Yashwantrao Chavan 2010 stamp of India.jpg 28 July 1979 14 January 1980 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0170.&&&&&0170 days Indian National Congress (Socialist) Charan Singh
Vacant (14 January 1980 – 2 December 1989)
6 Devi Lal
(Minister of Agriculture)
Chaudhary Devi Lal 2001 stamp of India.jpg 2 December 1989 10 November 1990 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 year, &&&&&&&&&&&&0201.&&&&&0201 days Janata Dal
(National Front)
Vishwanath Pratap Singh
10 November 1990 21 June 1991 Chandra Shekhar
Vacant (21 June 1991 – 5 February 2002)
7 L. K. Advani
(Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions)
Lkadvani.jpg 5 February 2002 22 May 2004 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0107.&&&&&0107 days Bharatiya Janata Party
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Vacant (Since 22 May 2004)

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