Varsha Gaikwad
The Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Maharashtra, Prof. Varsha Gaikwad calls on the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Women and Child Development, Smt. Krishna Tirath, in New Delhi.jpg
Minister of School Education Department
of Maharashtra
Assumed office
30 December 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief MinisterUddhav Thackeray
Preceded byAshish Shelar
Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Preceded byEknath Gaikwad
Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development, Maharashtra
In office
State Minister for Medical Education, Higher and Technical Education, Tourism, Special Assistance, Maharashtra
In office
11 November 2009 – 26 September 2010
Personal details
Political partyIndian National Congress
EducationM.Sc (Maths), B.Ed

Varsha Eknath Gaikwad is an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress party, who is the current Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra. She is a four term Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing the Dharavi Assembly Constituency in Mumbai, Maharashtra.[1][2][3]

Positions held

Personal life

Varsha Gaikwad's father is Eknath Gaikwad, who was a three term Member of parliament. She belongs to an Ambedkarite Buddhist family.[7][8][9][10] She was lecturer in Siddharth College of Arts and Science, Mumbai.


  1. ^ "Dharavi Maharashtra Assembly Constituency Elections". Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Gaikwad Varsha Eknath of INC WINS the Dharavi constituency Maharastra Assembly Election 2014". Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Varsha Gaikwad tipped to be Mumbai Congress women's wing chief". 30 March 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Minister for Women and Child Development". 23 September 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  5. ^ "minister for women and child welfare Varsha Gaikwad said Sunday. The minister said the owner of the pizza outlet must be prosecuted for employing a minor and letting him drive a motorcycle without a driving licence". July 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
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  8. ^ "39-year-old Varsha Gaikwad, the Congress candidate here". Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  9. ^ "जानिए- कौन हैं उद्धव कैबिनेट में शामिल हुईं तीन ताकतवर महिलाएं".
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