Eknath Shinde
Eknath Rao Shinde
20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Assumed office
30 June 2022 (2022-06-30)
DeputyDevendra Fadnavis
Preceded byUddhav Thackeray
Additional Ministries
Assumed office
14 August 2022
Ministry and Departments

Other departments not allocated to any Minister.

Preceded by

(All Other Departments)

Leader of the House of the
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
03 July 2022
Speaker of the House
Deputy LeaderDevendra Fadnavis
Preceded byUddhav Thackeray
Cabinet Minister
Government of Maharashtra
In office
28 November 2019 – 27 June 2022
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief MinisterUddhav Thackeray
Deputy CMAjit Pawar
Succeeded bySubhash Desai
In office
5 December 2014 – 12 November 2019
  • Public Works (including Public Undertakings)
  • Public Health and Family Welfare
Chief MinisterDevendra Fadnavis
Succeeded by
25th Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
In office
12 November 2014 – 5 December 2014
Chief MinisterDevendra Fadnavis
Preceded byEknath Khadse
Succeeded byRadhakrishna Vikhe Patil
Member of Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra[1]
Assumed office
Preceded byConstituency Established
In office
Preceded byMoreshwar Joshi
Succeeded byRajan Vichare
Chairperson of Shiv Sena
Assumed office
17 February 2023
Preceded byVacant
Chairperson of Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena
In office
10 October 2022 – 17 February 2023
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Eknath Sambhaji Shinde

(1964-02-09) 9 February 1964 (age 59)
Dare, Maharashtra, India
Political partyShiv Sena (before 10 October 2022 and 17 February 2023-present)
Other political
Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena (2022-2023)
SpouseLata Eknath Shinde
ChildrenShrikant Shinde
ParentSambhaji Shinde
Alma materYashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik (BA)

Eknath Sambhaji Shinde (pronunciation: [eknaːt̪ʰ ʃin̪d̪e]; born 9 February 1964[2]) is an Indian politician currently serving as the 20th and current Chief Minister of Maharashtra since 30 June 2022. He is also serving as the Chairman of Shiv Sena[3] since 18 February 2023.[4] He was earlier the Cabinet Minister of Urban Development and Public Works (Public Undertakings) in the Cabinet of Uddhav Thackeray from 2019 to 2022.[5][6][7][8] He is a Member of Legislative Assembly from Kopri-Pachpakhadi constituency of Thane, Maharashtra since 2009.[9][10][1]

Early life

Eknath Shinde hails from the Dare Village, Jawali taluka in Satara, Maharashtra, and belongs to the Maratha community.[11] His family moved to Thane (in the Mumbai outskirts) to earn a living. Eknath studied till 11th standard at Mangala High School & Junior College, Thane.[12] Shinde left education in early years to support his family, however, he resumed his education in 2014 after joining the government ministry. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University in 2020 with a score of 77.25% .[13][14][15]

Shinde used to drive an autorickshaw to support his family before entering politics.[16]

Political career

Shinde was introduced to politics by then Thane Shivsena President Anand Dighe in early 1980.[17] Shinde became successor to Dighe's legacy after his death in 2001.[18] He has been elected as Member of Legislative Assembly since 2004 for four consecutive terms.

Position held

Thane Municipal Corporation

Maharashtra Legislative Assembly & ministries

Chief Minister

Role in 2022 Maharashtra political crisis

Main article: 2022 Maharashtra political crisis

Shinde was in favor of breaking the Maha Vikas Aghadi and reestablishing alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party.[24] He requested Uddhav Thackeray to break the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance due to ideological differences and unfair treatment by Congress Party and NCP.[25] His fellow Shiv Sena members said that their complaints were ignored by Uddhav Thackeray and Uddhav favored Congress Party and NCP over his own Shiv Sena members.[26][27] Shinde gathered 2/3rd members from his party to support his request.[28] The crisis began on 21 June 2022 when Shinde and several other MLAs of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition moved to Surat in BJP-governed Gujarat, throwing the coalition into a chaos.[29][30][31] As a result of Shinde's revolt, Uddhav Thackeray resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Maharashtra and said that he will also resign from the Maharashtra Legislative Council.[32][33] Shinde successfully reestablished alliance with BJP and was sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister, with Bharatiya Janata Party's Devendra Fadnavis as the Deputy Chief Minister.[34][35]

Shiv Sena leadership dispute

After Eknath Shinde established the government, he started using the Shiv Sena name and symbols without Uddhav Thackrey. This created issues as Uddhav also claimed to be the leader of Shiv Sena. Uddhav's faction challenged this in court, which was eventually moved to the Election Commission of India. The Commission recognized Eknath Shinde's faction as the real Shiv Sena party, which ended the leadership dispute.[36] The Election Commission also found the changes made to the Shiv Sena party constitution in 2018, under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray, to be undemocratic. The amendments centralized the party's control and were criticized for not allowing free, fair, and transparent elections for the party positions.[37]

Personal life

Shinde is married to Lata Shinde.[38]

On 2 June 2000, their son Dipesh (aged 11) and daughter Shubhada (aged 7) went boating in a lake near their native village in Maharashtra. The boat overturned and both the children died by drowning. Shinde went into depression for several months. Anand Dighe provided emotional support to Shinde and entrusted him with greater responsibility in order to keep his mind occupied and away from depression.[39]

Their surviving child, Shrikant Shinde, is an orthopaedic surgeon who has also been the elected Member of Parliament to the Lok Sabha from the Kalyan constituency since 2014 (re-elected in 2019).[40]

Popular culture

Dharmaveer, a 2022 Indian Marathi-language biographical drama film by Pravin Tarde, covered Anand Dighe and Eknath Shinde's life.[41][42] Kshitij Date played the role of Eknath Shinde.[43] Eknath Shinde has a starring role in Dharmaveer as one of Dighe’s most loyal foot soldiers.[44]


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Political offices Preceded byJaydatta Kshirsagar Cabinet Minister for Public Works (Undertakings); Maharashtra State December 2014 – June 2022 Incumbent Preceded byGanesh Naik Maharashtra State Guardian Minister for Thane district December 2014 – present Incumbent