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Oath, Term and Salary

Before assuming office, the Chief Minister takes an Oath, stating that:

He solemnly affirms that:

  1. He will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established,
  2. He will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India,
  3. He will faithfully discharge the duty upon which he is about to enter.

The tenure of the Chief Minister is for five years, when the state legislative assembly is dissolved and fresh elections are held in the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly).

However, the tenure of the Chief Minister can be terminated by the governor before the period of five years, when the majority party/alliance loses the confidence vote in the state legislative assembly. The Chief Minister can also resign from his or her post before the completion of the term.

There is no age for the retirement of the Chief Minister. Although, the minimum age for becoming the Chief Minister is 25 years, there is no upper age limit till when he or she can serve the post of a Chief Minister.

The salary of the Chief Minister of a state in India, like that of the prime minister of the country, is accompanied by a number of other allowances, besides the basic pay, such as constituency allowances, sumptuary allowances ( tax free) and daily allowances.

The salary of the CM is decided by the respective state legislatures in the country, as per Article 164 of the Indian Constitution. Thus it varies from one state to another.

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