Thursday, April 18, 2024
From Auto Rickshaw Driver to the CM of the State: Eknath Shinde
Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who rebelled against the party, was today on 30th june 2022 sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
sources gives us a profile of his political journey

Once an auto-rickshaw driver to 20th Chief Minister of the state, Eknath Sambhaji Shinde's political journey itself is a reflection of his leadership. Shinde was born on 9th February, 1964 in Satara. At an early age, he came to Thane and completed his education till the 11th Standard. He had to leave the education to make living.

In 1980, he was influenced by Shiv Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and joined the party, working as a Sainik. During that time, he participated in many agitations, such as the Maharashtra - Karnataka Border Agitation after which he was imprisoned for 40 days. The 58-year old quickly emerged as a key Sena leader in the Thane-Palghar region. He is known for aggressive approach towards issues of public interest. His dedication to the Shivsena's cause was noticed and in 1997, he was given the opportunity to contest the election of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) as a Corporator which he won with handsome majority.

In 2001, he got elected as a Leader of the House in TMC. He continued to occupy the post till 2004. As a leader of the house in TMC, he didn't restrict himself to the issues related to the TMC or the city, but took active interest in the overall development and well-being of the whole Thane district.

In 2004, Shinde was given an opportunity to contest the Assembly Elections from Thane Assembly Constituency by Balasaheb Thackeray and he won it with a handsome majority.

In the very next year, in 2005, Shinde was appointed to the coveted post of Shiv Sena Thane District Head.He emerged victorious in the subsequent Assembly Elections in 2009, 2014 and 2019.

After the 2014 elections, he was elected as the Leader of Legislative Party and subsequently the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Within a month, as Shivsena decided to join the State Government, he took oath as the Minister for Public Works Department Public Undertakings and went on to take the additional responsibility of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry in January 2019. Shinde's son, Dr Shrikant, is an orthopaedic surgeon and a Member of Parliament to the Lok Sabha from the Kalyan Constituency.
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