Manohar Joshi

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Manohar Joshi
मनोहर जोशी
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15th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
In office
14 March 1995 – 31 January 1999
Preceded by Sharad Pawar
Succeeded by Narayan Rane
13th Speaker of the Lok Sabha
In office
10 May 2002 – 2 June 2004
Deputy P. M. Sayeed
Preceded by G. M. C. Balayogi
Succeeded by Somnath Chatterjee
Constituency Mumbai North Central
Mayor of Mumbai
In office
1976–1977
Preceded by N. D. Mehta
Succeeded by Murli Deora
Personal details
Born (1937-12-02) 2 December 1937 (age 76)
Political party Shiv Sena
Spouse(s) Anagha
Religion Hindu

Manohar Gajanan Joshi, (Marathi: मनोहर गजानन जोशी) (born 2 December 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.

Background and family[edit]

He was born in lower-middle-class family hailing from Raigad district. His forthfathers migrated from Beed district to Goregaon village of Raigad district. He got help from his other middle class relatives while studying. He was married on 14 May 1964 to Smt. Anagha Joshi, and has a son, Unmesh, and two daughters. Shri Manohar Joshi has been awarded a Doctorate (in Political Science) by Mumbai University in 2010.

Formation of Kohinoor[edit]

After MA in Law he joined in Brihan Mumbai Corporation (BMC) as an officer, but later started the Kohinoor technical/vocational training institute with the idea of an institute for semi–skilled youths to offer training as electrician, plumber, TV/radio/scooter repairman, photography. Eventually, he started multiple branches of Kohinoor in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, etc., and later he made an entry in construction and other capital-oriented business.

Manohar Joshi also founded the Kohinoor Business School & Kohinoor-IMI (Hospitality) Institutes in Khandala, Maharashtra.

Political career[edit]

Early years[edit]

He began his career by being elected to the Legislative Council from the Shiv Sena. He served three terms from 1972 till 1989. He became the Mayor of Mumbai during 1976 to 1977. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly from a Shiv Sena ticket in 1990.[1]

Chief Minister[edit]

He became the first non-Congress Chief Minister of Maharashtra when the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition came to power.

Controversy and Resignation[edit]

During his term as Chief Minister he was embroiled in a scam involving the change of reservation of a plot of land in Pune, which was being developed by his son-in-law, Girish Vyas. Just a couple of months prior to the High Court of Mumbai passing a verdict against Girish Vyas and terming the housing complex "Sundew", illegal, under severe pressure from the opposition, Mr. Joshi resigned.[2] Later, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the High Court[3] but set aside the order to conduct criminal investigation against the former Chief Minister. It asked Mr. Joshi to pay the litigant Rs 25,000, which he complied with.[4]

Lok Sabha and Speaker[edit]

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 National Democratic Alliance (NDA) administration.

He was elected for a six-year term to the Rajya Sabha on 20 March 2006[5] after being defeated in the previous Lok Sabha election from the Central Mumbai constituency.

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Preceded by
Sharad Pawar
Chief Minister of Maharashtra
14 March 1995 – 31 January 1999
Succeeded by
Narayan Rane
Preceded by
G. M. C. Balayogi
Speaker of Lok Sabha
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Somnath Chatterjee