Sushil kumar Shinde

Sushil Kumar Shinde

Sushil Kumar Shinde

Date of Birth : September 4, 1941

Mini Biography :

Sushil kumar Shinde (born September 4, 1941) is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra. He is currently the Cabinet Minister for Power in the Manmohan Singh government.

He belongs to the Congress Party. He is the first Dalit to have become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He served as Chief Minister from January 18, 2003 to November 1, 2004.

He was born into a very poor Hindu “Kakkaya-Dhor” family. The Kakkaya caste was a Schedule Caste caste formed after the 13th century. His first job was Peon in Solapur District Court.He then became sub-inspector of police. He also studied law. Encouraged by Sharad Pawar,who was a relative of his wife Ujjwala Shinde and then a rising Congress politician, he quit his sub-inspector’s job to enter politics in 1971. He contested an assembly by-election from Karmala,Reserved Constituency For SC in Solapur 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.

In spite of such favors by congress-I 1978, Shinde Ditched the Congress Party as well as the Vasantrao Patil government and joined the Progressive Democratic Front government led by Pawar.Thus he back stabbed the party which gave him his political recognition. After the PDF government was dismissed in 1980, Shinde remained with Pawar and contested and won the assembly election in June that year as a member of Congress (Socialist).

Shinde rejoined the Congress Party and the congress party and became the finance minister in new Vasantrao Patil government.

He acted as Sonia Gandhi’s campaign manager in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh in 1999.

In 2002, he contested the election for the post of Vice-President of India against the National Democratic Alliance’s candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and lost.

Despite the congress making him the chief minister of maharshtra state,His wife Ujjwala Shinde lost the solapur MP seatvery own constituency of Mr Shinde in the most humiliating way, due to the internal politics in Congress party. Again under the pressure of Maratha lobby in Congress Party he was denied the Chief Ministership, even though Congress managed to save it’s face in 2004 assembly elections under his leadership in the atmosphere of heavy anti-incumbency factor against the Vilasrao government.On October 30, 2004, he deservingly 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 before resigning and leaving office on January 29, 2006.

Shinde was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra on March 20, 2006.

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