The Deputy Prime Minister of India is a senior member of the Union Council of Ministers who assists the Prime Minister in governance, decision making and represents the nation in various capacities (portfolio). Although the post has no defined constitutional role, it still holds importance in the structure of the government.
Since India gained independence on August 15, 1947, there have been 7 Deputy Prime Ministers of India. There is no Deputy Prime Minister in the current government and the post is vacant since 23 May 2004.
List of Deputy Prime Ministers
|Deputy Prime Ministers of India||Tenure||Prime Minister|
|Sardar Patel||1947–1950||Jawaharlal Nehru|
|Morarji Desai||1967–1969||Indira Gandhi|
|Charan Singh and Jagjivan Ram (jointly)||1979–1979||Morarji Desai|
|Y. B. Chavan||1979–1980||Chaudhary Charan Singh|
|Devi Lal||1989–1990||V.P. Singh|
|Devi Lal||1990–1991||Chandra Shekhar|
|L. K. Advani||2002–2004||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|