|Minister of Home Affairs of India|
31 July 2012 – 26 May 2014
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||P. Chidambaram|
|Succeeded by||Rajnath Singh|
|16th Leader of the House in Lok Sabha|
3 August 2012 – 18 May 2014
|Preceded by||Pranab Mukherjee|
|Succeeded by||Narendra Modi|
|19th Governor of Andhra Pradesh|
4 November 2004 – 29 January 2006
|Preceded by||Surjit Singh Barnala|
|Succeeded by||Rameshwar Thakur|
|27th Minister of Power of India|
30 January 2006 – 31 July 2012
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||PM Sayeed|
|Succeeded by||Veerappa Moily|
|15th Chief Minister of Maharashtra|
18 January 2003 – 4 November 2004
|Preceded by||Vilasrao Deshmukh|
|Succeeded by||Vilasrao Deshmukh|
|Born||4 September 1941|
Solapur, Bombay Presidency, British India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|United Progressive Alliance (2004–present)|
|Alma mater||Dayanand College, Solapur|
University of Mumbai
Sushilkumar Sambhaji Shinde (born 4 September 1941) is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra. He was the Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Power in the Manmohan Singh government, and the Leader of the House in Lok Sabha until 26 May 2014. He previously served as the Chief Minister of the state of Maharashtra from 18 January 2003 to October 2004.
Shinde was born on 4 September 1941 at Solapur in a Dhor caste to Sambhaji Rao Shinde and Sakhu Bai. Shinde completed his education with an honours degree in Arts from Dayanand College, Solapur and LLB from ILS Law College and New Law College, University of Bombay, Maharashtra.
Sushilkumar Shinde started his career as a bailiff in the Sessions court of Solapur where he worked from 1957 – 1965. He then joined the Maharashtra Police as a constable. Subsequently, he served in the Maharashtra CID for six years, as a sub-inspector of police, under Amukuraj Patil, his CID mentor.
In the year 1971, Shinde became a member of the Congress Party. He won the Maharashtra state assembly elections in 1974, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1992, 24 May 2003 to August 2004–(General) by-election, September 2004 to 2 October 2004–(General). Shinde was elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra during July 1992 to March 1998. In 1999, he acted as campaign manager of the Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. In 2002, Shinde lost the election for the post of Vice-President of India contesting against the National Democratic Alliance candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. He served as the chief minister of Maharashtra from 2003 to 2004. He was appointed the Governor of Andhra Pradesh on 30 October 2004 replacing Surjit Singh Barnala, who became the Governor of Tamil Nadu. He left the office on 29 January 2006.
Shinde was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha for the second time from Maharashtra on 20 March 2006. Shinde became the leader of Lok Sabha after his predecessor Pranab Mukherjee was elected President of India. Shinde served as Power minister of India from 2006–2012. Later, he was appointed Home Minister of India in 2012. His tenure as a Home Minister saw two major decisions of hanging the terrorists Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab.
During the 2012 northern India power grid failure, Shinde deflected criticism by observing that India was not alone in suffering major power outages, as the United States and Brazil had both experienced similar blackouts within the previous few years. Officials in Uttar Pradesh, where the problem was believed to have begun, said the grid could not keep up with the huge demand for power in the hot summer. Uttar Pradesh power corporation chief Awanish Kumar Awasthi stated that the grid collapse was due to the states drawing more than their allotted power to meet the summer demand.
In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Shinde was the Congress party nominee. He was defeated by BJP Candidate Mr. Sharad Bansode.
Sushilkumar Shinde contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Solapur. Shinde was the Congress party nominee. He was defeated by BJP Candidate Mr. Siddheshwar Maharaj by a margin of 156,261 votes.
According to him, 2019 Indian general elections were the last Lok Sabha elections contested by him.
Shinde married Ujwala Shinde on 1 May 1970. The couple has three daughters. One of his daughters Praniti Shinde is MLA of Solapur, Maharashtra India.
The Marathi film, Dusari Goshta (2014) & one documentary film, "Andherese Ujale Ki Aour" are based on his life from childhood to becoming a popular politician.
He has also acted in 8 Marathi dramas,
1) Mumbai chi Manse
2) Karayla Gelo Yek
3) Bebandh Shahi
4) Minuchi Mavshi
5) Vegla Vhaichy Mala
6) Ghara Baher
7) Lagnachi Bedi
8) Prema Tuzha Rang Kasa
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