Mini Biography :
Manohar Gajanan Joshi, (born December 2, 1937) is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra. He is one of the prominent leaders of the Shiv Sena political party. He was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 1995-1999.
He was born in lower-middle class Deshastha Brahmin family hailing from Raigad district.His forthfathers were migrated from Beed district to Goregaon village of Raigad district,and the earlier ‘Brahme’ family adoped ‘Joshi’ surname due to their profession.He got help from his other middle class relatives while studying.He was married on May 14, 1964 to Smt.Anagha Joshi and has a son Unmesh and 2 daughters.
After MA and Law he joined in Mumbai Corporation (BMC) as officer, but his entrepreneur skills motivated him to start Kohinoor technical/vocational training institute with unique idea which was unheard in the decade of early 1970s, this idea of a institute for semi–skilled youths to offer training as electrician, plumber, TV/Radio/Scooter repairman, Photography has made him tremendous popular in lower middle-class Marathi youths, these youth were having sympathy with Shiv Sena’s ideology at that time. Eventually, he started multiple branches of Kohinoor all over the Mumbai,Pune,Nagpur,Nashik etc.and later he made entry in construction and other capital-oriented business.
Manohar Joshi have also founded Kohinoor Business School & Kohinoor-IMI(Hospitality) Institutes in Khandala, Maharashtra, which rank amongst premier Institutes in their respective fields.
He began his career by being elected to the Legislative Council from the Shiv Sena. He became the Mayor of Mumbai during 1976 to 1977. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly from a Shiv Sena ticket in 1990. He became the first non-Congress Chief Minister of Maharashtra when the Shiv Sena-BJP coalition routed the Congress in the State Elections. He was promoted to the Lok Sabha when he won from Central Mumbai in the 1999 General Elections. He was the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2002 to 2004 during the NDA administration.
He slowly climbed the ranks of the Sena. He became extremely powerful in the Sena and was accused by Narayan Rane of preventing others from meeting Balasaheb Thackeray, the party’s President. When he was promoted quickly in the Sena during 1991, Chaggan Bhujbal left the party. He was highly respected and held tremendous clout in the Shiv Sena.
* 1967-1972 – Corporator, Bombay Municipal Corporation