Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis (born 22 July 1970) is an Indian politician and 18th,incumbent Chief Minister of Maharashtra holding the office from 31 October 2014. A member of Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, at the age of 44, he became the second youngest Chief Minister of Maharashtra after Sharad Pawar. Fadnavis represents the Nagpur South West constituency in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
Early life and education
Fadnavis was born on 22 July 1970 in Nagpur. His father, Gangadhar Fadnavis, served as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from Nagpur. His mother, Sarita Fadnavis, who is a descendant of the Kaloti family of Amravati, was the former Director of Vidarbha Housing Credit Society.
Fadnavis received his initial schooling from Indira Convent, named after then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. During the Emergency, Fadnavis' father, Gangadhar, a member of the Jan Sangh, was incarcerated for participating in anti-government protests. Fadnavis subsequently refused to continue his schooling at Indira Convent, because he did not want to attend a school named after the Prime Minister he held responsible for jailing his father. He then transferred to the Saraswati Vidyalaya school, where he received most of his schooling.After completing ten years of schooling, Fadnavis attended Dharampeth Junior College for his intermediate. After completing his 12th standard, he enrolled at Government Law College, Nagpur, for a five-year integrated law degree, and graduated in 1992.
Fadnavis also has a post-graduate degree in Business Management and a diploma in Methods and Techniques of Project Management from DSE (German Foundation for International Development), Berlin
His political career began in the mid-nineties. His personal ideology is that ‘Politics is an instrument for socio economic change’ and his political career of 25 years so far reflects the same.
He has essayed multiple leadership roles for both his political party as well as an elected representative of the people of Nagpur, Maharashtra. As a college student, Fadnavis was an active member of ABVP In the ABVP, he started as a grassroots worker. He won his first municipal election from Ram Nagar ward.Five years later Fadnavis became the youngest mayor of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation and became the second youngest mayor in the history of India.
He has been elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra State, representing Nagpur, since 1999 and is serving his 4th Term as of 2014. In his many years as a representative of the people in the Maharashtra State Assembly, he has been a part of several committees. Fadnavis, was selected the legislative party leader by the new BJP MLAs in a meeting at Vidhan Bhavan in the presence of party's central observers, Union Home minister Rajnath Singh and party's national general secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda.Fadnavis was sworn in as the chief minister of Maharashtra from the BJP on 31 October 2014. His government won a confidence motion by voice vote on 12 November 2014 allowing it to govern.
- Ward President, BJYM (1989)
- Office Bearer, Nagpur (west) BJP (1990)
- Nagpur President, BJYM (1992)
- State Vice President, BJYM (1994)
- National Vice President, BJYM (2001)
- General Secretary, BJP, Maharashtra (2010)
- President, BJP Maharashtra (2013)
- Mayor, City of Nagpur – (1997 to 2001)
- Member, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly - 4 consecutive terms, since 1999
Fadnavis is married to Amruta Fadnavis. The couple have one daughter, Divija Fadnavis.
In April 2016, whilst addressing a rally in Nashik, Fadnavis said that, every Indian will have to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and those who refuse to chant the slogan should not live in the country instead go to Pakistan or China., Day after he said that all Indians to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', Fadnavis issued a clarification after he found himself embroiled in a controversy over the issue.
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