BS Yeddyurappa’s three-day tenure as the Karnataka chief minister has turned out to be one of the shortest in Indian history.
The 75-year old BJP leader was sworn in as CM of Karnataka on 17 May, and resigned before facing a floor test on Saturday as ordered by the Supreme Court.
The BJP veteran’s initiation to the league of chief ministers with tenures of a few days, however happened over a decade ago. In 2007, Yeddyurappa had to resign as the chief minister of Karnataka after just eight days in charge.
Jagdambika Pal held the shortest tenure as the chief minister in Uttar Pradesh in 1998. Pal was sworn in as the CM late at night on February 21, after the Kalyan Singh government was dismissed. The decision was later reversed by the high court the next morning, leading him to be dubbed as the ‘one-day CM.’
Bihar’s Satish Prasad Singh was made an interim chief minister for only five days from 28 January to 1 February in 1968. He had brought the Congress back to the power in the state by defeating Jana Kranti Dal government.
BP Mandal, who succeeded Singh, could hold on to the post for a mere 31 days.
Whereas in Haryana, Om Prakash Chautala had served as the chief minister for a period of five days in July 1990 and for 14 days in 1991.
In Meghalaya, veteran Congress leader SC Marak remained in power for just 13 days in 1998.
After the demise of MG Ramachandran in Tamil Nadu, her widow Janaki Ramachandran had a tenure of 23 days as the CM in January 1988.
In Kerala. Indian Union Muslim League leader CH Mohammad Koya could hold on to the post of chief minister for 45 days in 1979. He was the shortest serving CM of the state and the only Muslim one.