Maharashtra CM: Eknath Shinde Education, Political Career, Family, Auto Driver to CM

Eknath Shinde

Amidst the days-long, ongoing political turmoil in Maharashtra, the prediction of Uddhav Thackeray giving resignation as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, turned-out-to be true in the end.

The Shiv Sena Chief resigned from his post of CM on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 after the apex court of the county ruled that he must prove that his government still has a majority. Thackeray in an online address announced that he is resigning as the CM of the state and after that left for the Governor’s residence to hand over his resignation.

All these political crises started on June 21, 2022, when senior Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde launched a revolt against Uddhav over many differences and accused him of going away from the Hindutva ideology of Shiv Sena founder Bala Saheb Thackeray.

He along with several other MLAs of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition moved to BJP led Gujarat, throwing the coalition in crisis. Uddhav in the end, left with only 15 MLAs and couldn’t prove majority which ultimately resulted in him resigning from the CM’s post.

Earlier, it was predicted that if he resigns, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis will replace him but now Fadnavis will stay out of the government and ensure it runs smoothly. Shinde will take oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra today, on June 30 at 07:30 pm.

About Eknath Shinde & His Family

Eknath Shinde’s full name is Eknath Sambhaji Shinde who hails from the Marathi community of Jawali Taluka in Satara Maharashtra. Later his family moved to Thane in order to earn a living. He used to work as an auto-rickshaw driver to support his family.

His two sons Dipesh and Shubhada died in 2000 when they were boating in a lake and suddenly it overturned and both his sons died by drowning.  His only surviving child is Dr. Srikanth Shinde, an orthopedic surgeon who was elected MP to the Lok Sabha from Kalyan Constituency in 2014 and was re-elected in 2019.

Political Career

In 1980, the then Thane Shiv Sena President Anand Dighe, introduced Shinde to politics. Dighe was the man who provided emotional support to Shinde when his both children died in 2000. Shinde became successor of Dighe’s legacy after his death in 2001.

In 2004, Shinde was elected the Member of Legislative Assembly and consecutively elected four times. Later he became one of the big names in Shiv Sena as well as Maharashtra’s politics and served in major posts in the state such as Corporate in Thane Municipal Corporation, Leader of the house in Thane Municipal Corporation, Head of Thane District Head of Shiv Sena and many others.

In 2019, when Thackeray became the CM of the state, Shinde took oath as the Minister of Urban Development and Public Works (Public Undertakings). The same year from Nov 28 to December 30, he was also appointed the Minister of Home Affairs and in 2020, was appointed as the Guardian Minister of Thane district.

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