() (born September 4, 1941, Solapur
) is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra. He is currently the Cabinet Minister for Power
in the Manmohan Singh
He belongs to the Congress Party
. He is the first Dalit caste
person to have become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra
. He served as Chief Minister from January 18, 2003.
Encouraged by Sharad Pawar
, he quit his sub-inspector's job to enter politics in 1971. He contested an assembly by-election
from Karmala,Reserved Constituency For SC
three years later and won by 25,000 votes. In November that year, the late V P Naik
, then the chief minister, made Shinde a junior minister in his government.
Shinde rejoined the Congress Party and the congress party and became the finance minister in new Vasantrao Patil government. Later he won Maharashtra State Assembly elections in 1978, 1980, 1985 and 1990.
He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra during July 1992 to March 1998. .
He acted as Sonia Gandhi
's campaign manager in Amethi
, Uttar Pradesh
, he contested the election for the post of Vice-President of India
against the National Democratic Alliance
's candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
On October 30, 2004, he was appointed the Governor of Andhra Pradesh
. He replaced Surjit Singh Barnala
, who became the Governor of Tamil Nadu
. He served as governor for slightly more than one year... Read More