Sri Krishna Singh
Sri Krishna Singh served as the first Chief Minister of Bihar from 1946 to 1961. He is credited to be the first Chief Minister in India to have abolished the Zamindari system. He was a Gandhian freedom fighter who played a crucial role in Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent movement for India’s independence.
Deep Narayan Singh
Deep Narayan Singh was the second Chief Minister of Bihar, but served the office for a very brief period of 18 days between 1st February 1961 and 18th February 1961. He was also a part of the Indian Independence Movement and was a member of the Constituent Assembly.
Pandit Binodanand Jha
Pandit Binodanand Jha served as the third Chief Minister of Bihar from 18th February 1961 to 2nd October 1963. He was also a member of the Constituent Assembly.
Krishna Ballabh Sahay
Krishna Ballabh Sahay was the fourth Chief Minister of Bihar who served from 2nd October 1963 to 5th March 1967. He earlier held the post of the Revenue Minister of Bihar between 1947 and 1962.
Mahamaya Prasad Sinha
Mahamaya Prasad Sinha was the first Non-Congressman to have been elected as the Chief Minister of Bihar from fifth March 1967 to 28th January 1968. He belonged to the Jana Kranti Dal.
Satish Prasad Singh
Satish Prasad Singh served as the sixth Chief Minister of Bihar but only for 5 days between 28 January 1968 and 1 February 1968.
B. P. Mandal
Bindheshwari Prasad Mandal was the seventh person to serve as the Chief Minister of the state from 1st February 1968 till 2nd March 1968. He was the first Chief Minister of Bihar coming from the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
Bhola Paswan Shastri
Bhola Paswan Shastri was the eighth Chief Minister of Bihar. He held the position thrice. His first stint lasted from 22 March 1968 to 29 June 1968, second one from 22 June 1969 to 4 July 1969, and the last one between 2 June 1971 and 9 January 1972.
President’s Rule in Bihar
The first ever President’s Rule in Bihar lasted for close to 8 months from June 1968 to February 1969. The next President’s Rule in Bihar was from June 1969 to February 1970, January 1972 to March 1972, April 1977 to June 1977, February 1980 to June 1980 and lastly from March 2005 to November 2005.
Harihar Singh was the ninth Chief Minister of Bihar who held his office from 26th February 1969 to 22nd June 1969.
Daroga Prasad Rai
Daroga Prasad Rai was the tenth Chief Minister of the state of Bihar, serving the office from 16th February 1970 to 22nd December 1970.
Karpuri Thakur became the eleventh Chief Minister of Bihar from 22nd December 1970 to 2nd June 1971. He again served as the Chief Minister from December 1977 to April 1979. Thakur joined the Quit India Movement in 1942.
Kedar Pandey Kedar Pandey was elected as the twelfth Chief Minister of Bihar in 1972. However, he could not serve a 5 year term as he had to give up the post in July 1973.
Abdul Gafoor was the thirteenth person to serve as the Chief Minister of Bihar from 2nd July 1973 to 11 April 1975.
Jagannath Mishra served as the fourteenth Chief Minister of Bihar from 11th April 1975 to 30th April 1977. He again served as the Chief Minister of the state from June 1980 to August 1983 and then from December 1989 to March 1990.
Ram Sunder Das
Ram Sunder Das was the fifteenth Chief Minister of Bihar between 21st April 1979 and 17th February 1980.
Chandrashekhar Singh served as the sixteenth Chief Minister of Bihar. His term started on 14th August 1983 and ended on 12th March 1985.
The seventeenth Chief Minister of Bihar was Bindeshwari Dubey who remained in the office from 12th March 1985 to 13th February 1988. He was also a freedom fighter.
Bhagwat Jha Azad
Bhagwat Jha Azad was the eighteenth Chief Minister of Bihar holding the office from 14th February 1988 to 10th March 1989.
Satyendra Narayan Sinha
Satyendra Narayan Sinha was the nineteenth Chief Minister of Bihar from 11 March 1989 to 6 December 1989.
Lalu Prasad Yadav
Lalu Prasad Yadav was elected as the twentieth Chief Minister of Bihar and served two separate terms; first from 10th March 1990 to 28th March 1995 and then a second term from 4th April 1995 to 25th July 1997. He was the first Chief Minister since Krishna Singh to have successfully served a full 5 year term.
Rabri Devi, wife of Lalu Prasad Yadav, became the twenty-first Chief Minister of Bihar serving three different terms. Her first stint as the Chief Minister of Bihar was from 25th July 1997 to 11th February 1999, the second term was between 9th March 1999 and 2th March 2000 and the last one from 11th March 2000 to 6th March 2005. She has the honour of being the first and the only woman Chief Minister of Bihar till date.
Nitish Kumar is the twenty-second and the present Chief Minister of Bihar. He served as the Chief Minister of Bihar from 2005 to 2014 and from 2015 to 2017. He participated in Jayaprakash Narayan’s movement between 1974 and 1977.
(Last Updated on : 25-10-2018)
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