Deputy Prime Minister of Vishwamitra

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Deputy Prime Minister of Vishwamitra
विश्वामित्र के उप-प्रधानमंत्री (Hindi)
Incumbent
Farhaz Hazarika

since 29 March 2024
Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia
since 12 May 2024
Government of Vishwamitra
Member of
Reports to
AppointerRashtradhyaksh on the advice of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt the pleasure of the Rashtradhyaksh
Formation15 April 2007; 17 years ago
First holderVaruna Sriraya

The Deputy Prime Minister of Vishwamitra (Hindi: विश्वामित्र के उप-प्रधानमंत्री) is the second highest ranking minister of the Union of the Government of Vishwamitra and is a senior member of the union council of ministers. The office holder occassionally deputises for the prime minister in their absence.

The office was first created on 15 April 2007 in the cabinet of Arnisha Phatowali for Varuna Sriraya who served as the deputy prime minister between 2007 and 2009. The office has since then been only intermittently occupied. The position remained vacant following the resignation of Arnisha Phatowali in December 2009 till the re-introduction of the office by prime minister Varuna Sriraya when he formed his third ministry in April 2016 appointing Anoushkaa Patranabish as his deputy.

The current deputy prime minister is Farhaz Hazarika who was appointed on 29 March 2024 after he stepped down as prime minister and was succeeded by his former deputy, Princess Sarala. On 12 May 2024, Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia was appointed as second deputy prime minister, while Farhaz Hazarika was designated as first deputy prime minister.

History

The position of deputy prime minister was first introduced by the first prime minister Arnisha Phatowali on 15 April 2007 who had appointed Varuna Sriraya as her deputy who would then succeed her as prime minister and as well as National leader. Following the appointment and subsequent election of Varuna Sriraya as prime minister in January 2010, the position of deputy prime minister ceased to exist despite possibility for Tanishkaa Patranabish to be named as his deputy.

The position would remain unused for the next 6 years until being re-introduced on 11 April 2016 by prime minister Varuna Sriraya following his return as prime minister. He appointed Anoushkaa Patranabish as deputy prime minister and also as the Minister of Sanitation and Cleanliness Campaign. Following her election as the president on 2 October 2016, she was replaced by her elder sister and her presidential predecessor Tanishkaa Patranabish who remained as deputy prime minister till February 2017. In February 2017, Tanishkaa Patranabish was removed from the cabinet and Abhiraj Kar was appointed as her successor. Following the collapse of the coalition between the Secular Party and the Independent Party in April 2017, Sarala Baishya became the prime minister and she appointed her coalition party leader Arnab Sil as the deputy prime minister.

In July 2017, the general election resulted in a hung parliament with the Secular Party emerging as the single-largest party winning fifteen of the thirty seats of the parliament. President Varuna Sriraya invited the leader of the single largest party Tanishkaa Patranabish to form the government and become prime minister and advised her to form an all-party government with the respective leaders of the other two parties - Sarala Baishya and Arnab Sil being appointed as her deputies. It was for the first time that two deputy premiers were appointed. In December the same year, Varuna Sriraya became the prime minister and appointed outgoing prime minister Tanishkaa Patranabish and Arnab Sil as his deputies. Arnab Sil was later replaced by Asmi Patranabis in March 2018. In the coup-government, Sarala Baishya served as the deputy prime minister being titled as Prime Minister of the Council.

The position was unused again between September 2018 and March 2019. Following the general election of March 2019, Bishnu Chetry and Arnab Sil were appointed as deputy prime ministers who served till July 2019 when they were appointed as inaugural senior ministers. Abhiraj Kar and Asmi Patranabis thereupon succeeded them and remained in office till September 2019. Following Abhiraj Kar's appointed as Governor of Beltola, he was replaced by Ankurjyoti Thakuria as deputy prime minister who served only for a month. Bishnu Chetry and Anoushkaa Patranabish were appointed as deputy prime ministers in October 2019 and continued to serve till March 2020. In the caretaker government of prime minister Anoushkaa Patranabish, Bishnu Chetry and Ankurjyoti Thakuria served as deputy prime minister. Bishnu Chetry, Anoushkaa Patranabish and Arnab Sil served as deputies in the cabinet of Tanishkaa Patranabish between March and April 2020. The position felt vacant following the introduction of executive presidency in May 2020.

In the cabinet of Princess Anoushkaa, she appointed Prince Abhiraj as her deputy who also briefly discharged the duties of the prime minister in August 2020. In the caretaker government of Stefan Marius Snagoveanu, Liam Alexander was initially appointed as deputy prime minister however he resigned within hours of appointment and was succeeded by David Augustus. The position again felt vacant till 18 June 2021 when Farhaz Hazarika and Michal Nowacki were appointed as deputy prime ministers. Hazarika went on to become the next prime minister while Nowacki continued to serve as deputy prime minister.

With Hazarika's election as prime minister in the November general elections of 2021, he appointed Princess Anoushkaa as his deputy and later also appointed Michal Nowacki as the deputy prime minister who continued to serve till March 2022. The position thereupon felt vacant till May 2022 when Rory Leonard was appointed to the position. He served till July the same year and was replaced by Princess Sarala who served from 31 July 2022 until becoming succeeding Hazarika as the prime minister on 29 March 2024. In addition, Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia was also appointed as the deputy prime minister on 26 November 2022 and served until 29 March 2024. After stepping down as prime minister on 29 March 2024, Farhaz Hazarika was appointed as the deputy prime minister.

Role and functions

The deputy prime minister is the second highest ranking minister of the Union of the Government of Vishwamitra and is a senior member of the union council of ministers. Prior to July 2016, the deputy prime minister did not hold any ministerial portfolio, however since then the deputy prime ministers had held significant ministerial portfolios like home affairs, finance, defence, etc. The current deputy prime minister, Farhaz Hazarika holds the portfolio of home affairs.

The prime minister occasionally deputises the prime minister in case of their absence. Prince Abhiraj served as acting prime minister during the period of absence of prime minister Princess Anoushkaa between 20 and 31 July 2020. During that period, he presided over the Installation of Rashtradhyaksh II including reading the proclamation of election of the Rashtradhyaksh and the congratulatory message.

Article 34(6) of the Constitution of Vishwamitra specifies the following:

The Cabinet shall be composed of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, Senior Ministers and Cabinet Ministers for the Union and the total number of members of the Union Cabinet shall not exceed for more than eight members including the Prime Minister.

The same article of the constitution also mentions that

The number of Deputy Prime Ministers at a time shall not exceed more than two.

List of deputy prime ministers

No. Portrait Name
(born – died)
Constituency
Tenure in office Other ministerial offices held Political party Government Prime Minister
From To Time in office
Children's Group / Friends Society (15 April 2007 – 7 June 2020)
1 Varuna Sriraya
(born 2002)
Representative
15 April
2007
31 December
2009
2 years, 260 days Independent Arnisha Arnisha Phatowali
Position vacant
(1 January 2010 – 11 April 2016)
Varuna I Varuna Sriraya
Varuna II
Sarala I Sarala Baishya
Varuna Sriraya
(Acting)
Tanishkaa I Tanishkaa Patranabish
Sarala II Sarala Baishya
2
(1)
Anoushkaa Patranabish
(born 2010)
MP for Beltola II
11 April
2016
2 October
2016
174 days
  • Minister of Sanitation and Cleanliness Campaign (Jul-Oct 2016)
Secular Party Varuna III Varuna Sriraya
3
(1)
Tanishkaa Patranabish
(born 2004)
MP for Beltola
2 October
2016
30 December
2016
138 days
3
(2)
30 December
2016
17 February
2017
Varuna IV
4
(1)
Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
MP for Vinovanagar
17 February
2017
12 April
2017
54 days Independent Party
5
(1)
Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
MP for Outer Goshala
12 April
2017
5 July
2017
84 days Freedom Party Sarala III Sarala Baishya
6
(1)
Sarala Baishya
(born 2005)
MP for Basant Bahar
5 July
2017
25 December
2017
173 days Independent Party Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
5
(2)
Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
MP for Maligaon
Freedom Party
3
(3)
Tanishkaa Patranabish
(born 2004)
MP for Beltola
25 December
2017
21 March
2018
86 days Secular Party Varuna V Varuna Sriraya
5
(3)
Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
MP for Maligaon
Freedom Party
3
(4)
Tanishkaa Patranabish
(born 2004)
MP for Beltola
21 March
2018
13 May
2018
53 days Secular Party Varuna VI
7
(1)
Asmi Patranabis
(born 2007)
MP for Bhetapara
6
(2)
Sarala Baishya
(born 2005)
MP for Basant Bahar
14 May
2018[a]
11 September
2018
120 days Congress Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Position vacant
(11 September 2018 – 17 March 2019)
Varuna Sriraya
Varuna VII
Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
8
(1)
Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
MP for Kalapani
17 March
2019
14 July
2019
119 days Congress Tanishkaa V
5
(4)
Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
MP for Maligaon
4
(2)
Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
MP for Bharat Sevashram
14 July
2019
1 September
2019
49 days
  • Minister of Public Administration, Cooperation and Regional Development (until Aug 2019)
  • Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Cooperation and Regional Development (from Aug 2019)
7
(2)
Asmi Patranabis
(born 2007)
MP for Bhetapara
29 September
2019
77 days
  • Minister of Finance
  • Minister of Social Policies (Jul-Aug 2019)
  • Minister of Communications and Technology (Aug-Sep 2019)
9
(1)
Ankurjyoti Thakuria
(born 2002)
Not elected
2 September
2019
27 days
2
(2)
Anoushkaa Patranabish
(born 2010)
MP for Basant Bahar
29 September
2019
3 March
2020
156 days
8
(2)
Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
MP for Kalapani
16 November
2019
48 days
8
(3)
10 January
2020
3 March
2020
53 days
9
(2)
Ankurjyoti Thakuria
(born 2002)
Not elected
3 March
2020
9 March
2020
6 days Congress Anoushkaa I
(Caretaker)
Anoushkaa Patranabish
8
(4)
Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
Not elected
9 March
2020
22 March
2020
13 days
2
(3)
Anoushkaa Patranabish
(born 2010)
MP for Beltola Urban
First Deputy Prime Minister
22 March
2020
30 April
2020
39 days Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
8
(5)
Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
MP for Kalapani
Second Deputy Prime Minister
5
(5)
Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
MP for Maligaon
Third Deputy Prime Minister
29 March
2020
32 days
Position vacant
(1 May – 8 June 2020)
Tanishkaa VII
Vishwamitra (8 June 2020 – present)
4
(3)
His Serene Highness
Prince Abhiraj
(born 2006)
MP for Bharat Sevashram
8 June
2020
21 August
2020
74 days Congress Anoushkaa II Princess
Anoushkaa
Deputy Prime Minister Senior Prince Abhiraj discharged the functions of the Prime Minister between 21 and 30 August 2020.
4
(3)
His Serene Highness
Prince Abhiraj
(born 2006)
MP for Bharat Sevashram
31 August
2020
28 January
2021
150 days Congress Anoushkaa II Princess
Anoushkaa
10 Liam Alexander
(born 2005)
Not elected
28 January
2021
Less than a day Royalist Party Ștefan I
(Caretaker)
Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
11 David Augustus
(born 2007)
Not elected
28 January
2021
1 March
2021
32 days
Position vacant
(1 March – 18 June 2021)
Ștefan II
12
(1)
Farhaz Hazarika
(born 2003)
MP for Basistha City
18 June
2021
11 September
2021
85 days Congress
13
(1)
Michal Nowacki
(born 2003)
MP for National Capital Constituency
125 days
13
(2)
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
Farhaz I Farhaz Hazarika
Position vacant
(21 October – 22 November 2021)
Phillip
(Caretaker)
Count
Phillip Joseph Pillin
2
(3)
Her Royal Highness
Princess Anoushkaa
(born 2010)
MP for Brikshasthana
22 November
2021
17 March
2022
115 days Congress Farhaz II Farhaz Hazarika
13
(3)
Michal Nowacki
(born 2003)
Councillor for Kamrupa
31 January
2022
45 days
Position vacant
(17 March – 12 May 2022)
14 Lieutenant General
Rory Leonard
(born 2007)
MP for Kalapani
12 May
2022
30 July
2022
79 days Independent Farhaz III
6
(3)
Her Royal Highness
Princess Sarala
(born 2005)
Non-elected (until Nov 2022)
MP for Rashtra Niwas (from Nov 2022)
30 July
2022
11 November
2022
1 year, 326 days
6
(4)
11 November
2022
29 March
2024
Congress Farhaz IV
15
(1)
Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia
(born 2002)
MP for Kalapani
26 November
2022
29 March
2024
1 year, 124 days
12
(2)
Farhaz Hazarika
(born 2003)
MP for Basisthapur
29 March
2024
Incumbent 83 days Sarala IV Princess Sarala
15
(2)
Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia
(born 2002)
MP for Kalapani
12 May
2024
39 days
  1. The deputy prime minister (deputy head of government) was titled as "Prime Minister of the Council of Ministers", while the head of government was titled as "President of the Council of Ministers".

Timeline

Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLaciaRory I, Emperor of LurdentaniaFrederick Stanislaus Augustus of LitvaniaFarhaz HazarikaAlexander I Constantine of MonmarkAlexander I of AtieraAnkurjyoti ThakuriaBishnu Chetry, Rajpramukh of UttaranchalPrincess AsmiSarala, Crown Princess of PurvanchalArnab Sil, Rajpramukh of Madhya PrantPrince Abhiraj of PurvanchalTanishkaa Patranabish, Rajpramukh of PurvanchalAnoushkaa Patranabish, Rajpramukh of BasisthaVaruna Sriraya of Purvanchal

Time in office

Below is the list of Deputy Prime Ministers by total time in office:

  1. Varuna Sriraya - 2 years, 260 days
  2. Sarala Baishya - 2 years, 254 days
  3. Arnab Sil - 1 year, 129 days
  4. Anoushkaa Patranabish - 1 year, 119 days
  5. Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia - 1 year, 207 days
  6. Abhiraj Kar - 327 days
  7. Tanishkaa Patranabish - 277 days
  8. Bishnu Chetry - 272 days
  9. Michal Nowacki - 170 days
  10. Asmi Patranabis - 130 days
  11. Farhaz Hazarika - 85 days
  12. Rory Leonard - 79 days
  13. Ankurjyoti Thakuria - 33 days
  14. David Augustus - 32 days
  15. Liam Alexander - less than a day

Trivia

  • 15 individuals have served as deputy prime ministers till date, of whom 5 became prime ministers.
  • 4 deputy prime ministers, viz. Varuna Sriraya in 2010, Tanishkaa Patranabish in 2018, Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2020, and Farhaz Hazarika in 2021, became prime ministers immediately after serving as deputy prime ministers.
  • Prime Minister Tanishkaa Patranabish in her fifth term in office (Mar. 2019 - Mar. 2020) appointed the most number of deputy prime ministers (6), and had the most number of deputy prime ministers at one time (3) in her sixth term (Mar. - Apr. 2020).
  • Abhiraj Kar is the only deputy prime minister to serve as acting prime minister (21-30 August 2020).