Mamata to take oath as CM today: A look at all 16 women CMs India has had till date

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Kolkata, May 27: Mamata Banerjee will take oath as the chief minister of West Bengal on Friday (May 27) for the second consecutive time. She is among a few women leaders who have succeeded to win two consecutive terms. Only Sheila Dikshit in Delhi and J Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu have won the second consecutive time after serving a complete term. Dikshit, in fact, won three consecutive terms between 1998 and 2013. [Bangladesh PM gifts Mamata 20-kg Hilsa]

India currently has five women chief ministers besides Banerjee and Jayalalithaa and they are: Mehbooba Mufti (Jammu & Kashmir), Anandiben Patel (Gujarat) and Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan). 

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Here is a list of 16 women chief ministers that India has seen since Independence:

Name State Tenure time
Sucheta Kripalini (Congress) Uttar Pradesh 1963-67
Nandini Satpathy (Congress) Odisha 1972-73; 19734-76
Shashikala Kakodkar (Maharashtra Gomantak Party) Goa 1973-79
Syeda Anwara Taimur (Congress) Assam 1980-81
Janaki Ramachandran (AIADMK) Tamil Nadu 1988
J Jayalalithaa (AIADMK) Tamil Nadu 1991-96; 2001; 2002-06; 2011-15; 2015-present
Mayawati (BSP) Uttar Pradesh 1995, 1997, 2002-03; 2007-12
Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (Congress) Punjab 1996-97
Rabri Devi (RJD) Bihar 1997-99; 1999-2000; 2000-05
Sushma Swaraj (BJP) Delhi 1998
Sheila Dikshit (Congress) Delhi 1998-2013
Uma Bharati (BJP) Madhya Pradesh 2003-04
Vasundhara Raje (BJP) Rajasthan 2003-08; 2013-present
Mamata Banerjee (Trinamool) West Bengal 2011-present
Anandiben Patel (BJP) Gujarat 2014-present
Mehbooba Mufti (PDP) Jammu & Kashmir 2016-present

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