Senior Minister (Vishwamitra)

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Senior Minister
वरिष्ठ मंत्री
Coat of arms of Vishwamitra (2021).svg
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg
Incumbent
Prince Abhiraj

since 12 May 2022
StyleHis Serene Highness (formally)
Member of
Reports toPrime Minister
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerRashtradhyaksh of Vishwamitra
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Formation14 July 2019; 3 years, 4 months ago
First holderBishnu Chetry and Arnab Sil

The Senior Minister (Hindi: वरिष्ठ मंत्री) is a political and cabinet-level position in Vishwamitra. Holders of this office has served as either the prime minister or the deputy prime minister with an only exception to Nishwan Baidantic who served between June and October 2020. Among the executive branch officeholders in the order of precedence, the position ranks after the prime minister and deputy prime minister and above the other cabinet rank ministers. Senior Ministers have often deputised the prime minister in the absence of a deputy prime minister and they often lead or are entrusted with the charge of several ministerial portfolios.

Article 34(6) of the Constitution of Vishwamitra mentions about the position of senior minister:

The position of the Senior Minister shall only be reserved for former Prime Ministers and former Deputy Prime Ministers joining the cabinet.

Background

The office of Senior Minister can be considered to have unofficially being created for the first time in May 2018. In the cabinet former right after the 2018 constitutional coup, the head of government was styled as the President of the Council of Ministers who held a position equivalent to the prime minister, while the Prime Minister in the cabinet was an equivalent to a deputy prime minister. In the same cabinet, the position of Vice President existed which was held by Asmi Patranabis. The vice president was a member of the cabinet and ranked above the other executive members of the cabinet which included the Cabinet Secretary (Home Minister), Secretary of State (Foreign Minister), Chancellor of the Treasury (Finance Minister), and the State Counsellor (Defence Minister).

The office of senior ministers was formally and legally introduced on 14 July 2019 by then Prime Minister Tanishkaa Patranabish on the suggestion and advice from President Dhrubajyoti Roy. Subsequently, the letters patent were issued which named then deputy prime ministers Bishnu Chetry and Arnab Sil as the co-inaugural holders of the position. They were replaced as deputy prime ministers by Abhiraj Kar and Asmi Patranabis respectively. At the time of the creation of the position on 14 July 2019, the senior minister(s) ranked above the deputy prime minister(s) and received a precedence immediately next to the prime minister. The statutes were amended on 29 September 2019, which put the senior minister(s) after the deputy prime minister(s). On 8 November 2019, the Supreme Court in one of their judgements questioned the legality of the offices as their created without the purview of the constitution. This led to the position being abolished.

However, the position of senior minister was re-introduced in the executive cabinet of President Tanishkaa Patranabish in May 2020. Since the president and her deputy were not the members of the cabinet, the most-senior cabinet minister was appointed to head the cabinet and serve as de facto head of government while the president was the de jure head of government. The senior minister was also the leader of the house.

The position have since then being occupied non-continuously dependent on the pleasure of the prime ministers. The current senior minister is Prince Abhiraj who has been in office since 12 May 2022 and is a former acting prime minister.

All of the senior ministers except for Nishwan Baidantic who served between 17 June and 1 October 2020 have been former prime ministers and deputy prime ministers.

List of senior ministers

Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
14 July
2019
29 September
2019
77 days Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
अर्नब सिल
(born 2004)
14 July
2019
8 November
2019
117 days
Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
अंकुरज्योति ठाकुरिया
(born 2002)
29 September
2019
8 November
2019
40 days
Position abolished on 8 November 2019 and re-created on 13 May 2020.
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
13 May
2020
7 June
2020
25 days Congress Tanishkaa VII Tanishkaa Patranabish
Position vacant between 8 June and 17 June 2020.
Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
अंकुरज्योति ठाकुरिया
(born 2002)
17 June
2020
28 January
2021
164 days Congress Anoushkaa II Princess Anoushkaa
Man without face.svg Nishwan Baidantic
निश्वान बैदांतिक
(born 2001)
17 June
2020
1 October
2020
106 days
Position vacant between 28 January and 6 March 2021.
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Prince Abhiraj
राजकुमार अभिराज
(born 2006)
6 March
2021
11 September
2021
189 days Congress Ștefan II Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
Portrait of Princess Anoushkaa (2021).jpg Princess Anoushkaa
राजकुमारी अनुष्का
(born 2010)
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
40 days Farhaz I Farhaz Hazarika
Position vacant between 21 October and 22 November 2021.
Portait michal (3).jpg Michal Nowacki
1st Duke of Stettin

मीकल नोवाकी
(born 2003)
22 November
2021
31 January
2022
70 days Congress Farhaz II Farhaz Hazarika
Position vacant between 31 January and 12 May 2022.
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Prince Abhiraj
राजकुमार अभिराज
(born 2006)
12 May
2022
Incumbent 198 days Independent Farhaz III Farhaz Hazarika