India’s 10 most newsy chief ministers

In a sign of India’s growing federalism, it is chief ministers like Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi who are setting our news-feed abuzz. Here’s a look at the 10 most newsy chief ministers of India
  • Mamata Banerjee: Known for her fiery demeanour, the CM of West Bengal is a constant for the media shutterbugs. Most recently she was in the news when she, along with the state’s finance minister Amit Mitra, was attacked in Delhi by SFI activists. Mint
  • Narendra Modi: Whether he will become the next Prime Minister of India remains to be seen, but, the Gujarat CM hogs prime-time news and grabs front-page headlines. In the last few weeks he has been on a speaking spree in Delhi and Kolkata. PTI
  • Sheila Dikshit: Fifteen years in power, have not exhausted the 75-year old Delhi CM who still keeps the media busy—be it fighting corruption claims made by AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal or trashing civic bodies for the slow pace of construction projects. HT
  • Omar Abdullah: Defending his beloved Kashmir at every possible forum even while battling simmering militancy at home, the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister can’t just stay out of the news headlines. HT
  • Shivraj Singh Chauhan: With the Madhya Pradesh chief minister not finding a place in BJP’s Parliamentary Board, constant comparisons between him and Narendra Modi, and his spirited response to that has brought him into the media glare. HT
  • Akhilesh Yadav: The CM of India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh has found politics a tough battleground. From handling the fallout of a mafia don’s arrest to distributing free laptops to the college students he is a big newsmaker. HT
  • Jayalalitha: From requesting the PM to ban Sri Lankan players from IPL games in Chennai, to opposing fresh examination norms announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Tamil Nadu chief minister is a headline grabber. HT
  • Nitish Kumar: the CM of Bihar left his stamp on Delhi with a massive rally last month where he demanded special status for his state. His pending decision about whether he will go with the UPA or stay with the NDA in the next polls, keeps him in the news. HT
  • Bhupinder Singh Hooda: Not just the CAG, the media also continuously hounds the Haryana CM for his controversial land deals with DLF, and his perceived favours to Robert Vadra, the Gandhi family’s son-in-law. HT
  • Manohar Parrikar: The Goa CM, the first IITian to head a state in India, has grabbed media attention ever since he took on the mining mafia in his state. More recently he faced flak when he gave a clean chit to Goa’s multi-million dollar casino industry. HT