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Head of government of a state or territory in India

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In the Republic of India, a chief minister is the elected head of government of each of Twenty nine states and two among the seven union territories. According to the Constitution of India, the Governor is a state's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the chief minister. Following elections to the state legislative assembly in a state, the state's governor usually invites the party with a majority of seats to form the government. The governor appoints and swears in the chief minister, whose council of ministers are collectively responsible to the assembly. Based on the Westminster system, given that he retains the confidence of the assembly, the chief minister's term can last for the length of the assembly's life—a maximum of five years. There are no limits to the number of terms that the chief minister can serve. A chief minister heads a state government's council of ministers and can be deputed in that role by a deputy chief minister.

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