|Former President of Bharatiya Janata Party|
1st january 2010 – 22nd January 2013
|Preceded by||Rajnath Singh|
|Succeeded by||Rajnath Singh|
|Minister for PWD, Maharashtra|
27th May 1995 – 1999
May 27, 1957 |
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Children||Nikhil, Sarang and Ketki|
|Alma mater||Nagpur University|
Nitin Gadkari Marathi नितीन गडकरी pronunciation (help·info); (born 27 May 1957) is an Indian politician and former President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Mr Gadkari was appointed to head BJP in December 2009 after the party suffered a defeat in the general elections earlier that year. He is also known for the works during his tenure as a Public Works Department Minister in the state of Maharashta when he constructed a series of roads, highways and flyovers across the state including the Yashwantrao Chavan Mumbai–Pune Expressway.
Background, family and education
Nitin Gadkari is married to Kanchan Gadkari and they have three children; Nikhil, Sarang and Ketki. He currently lives in Nagpur close to the head office of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. His eldest son Nikhil, got married on December 2nd 2010 with Rutuja Pathak. On 24 June 2012, Sarang Gadkari married Madhura Rodi.
Nitin Gadkari served as the Minister of Public Works Department(PWD) of the Government of Maharashtra from 1995 to 1999 and restructured it from top to bottom. He has served as the president of the Maharashtra BJP.Nitin Gadkari was seeking second term as Bhartiya Janta Party President but resigned from the post on January 22, 2013, due to alleged irregularities in the firm Purti Group promoted by him.Many senior party leaders, such as Yashwant Sinha, were against the re-election of Nitin Gadkari.
Support for privatization
He showed strong support for privatization when he campaigned for investment in the infrastructure areas from private firms. He addressed several meetings between private investors, contractors, builders and various trade organizations and diverted large amounts of budgeted projects towards privatization. He managed to convince the state to allocate Rs. 700 Crores for rural connectivity. In the next 4 years, 98% of the total population of Maharashtra achieved an all-weather road connectivity. It also helped to solve the malnutrition problems prevailing in remote Melghat-Dharni area of Amravati district which previously had no access to medical aid, ration or educational facilities. The project aimed to connect 13,736 remote villages which remained unconnected since independence by road.
Chairman of NRRDC
The Union Government appointed him the Chairman of National Rural Road Development Committee. After a series of meetings and studies, Gadkari submitted his report to the central government and gave the presentation to the Hon. Prime Minister of India. His new report was accepted and a new rural road connecting scheme now popularly known as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was launched. The ambitious scheme is of Rs. 60,000 crores.
- Ex Minister, Govt of Maharashtra
- Chairman, Purti Group Of Companies
- President, Bharatiya Janata Party, Maharashtra State
- Ex-Leader of Opposition, Maharashtra Legislative Council
- Former Minister for Public Works Department, Maharashtra State
- Member of Legislative Council, Maharashtra State
- Elected to the Maharashtra Govt. Legislative Council in 1989 from graduates constituency, Nagpur Region.
- Re-Elected in the year 1990.
- Re-Elected in the year 1996 and elected unopposed in 2002.
- Inducted in the Maharashtra State Government Cabinet as the Minister for Public Works on May 27, 1995.
- Ex-Member of the High Power Committee for Privatisation, Government of Maharashtra.
- Ex-Chairman, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, India.
- Ex-Guardian Minister for Nagpur District, Govt. of Maharashtra.
- Ex-Chairman, Mining policy Implementation Committee, Govt. of Maharashtra.
- Ex-Chairman, Metropolis Beautification Committee, Govt. of Maharashtra.
- Ex-Leader of Opposition, Maharashtra Legislative Council, Chairman National Rural Road Development Committee
- Chairman, Review Committee of CPWD, Govt. of India.
- State President of Bhartiya Janata Party, Maharashtra.
- National President of BJP, India.
Nitin Gadkari does not consider himself a career politician. He is known to control these establishments in the following way;
- Poly sack Industrial Society Ltd - Founder and Chairman.
- Nikhil Furniture and Appliances Pvt. Ltd - Promoter and Director.
- Antyodaya Trust - Founder and Member
- Empress Employees Co-operative Paper Mills Ltd - Founder and Chairman.
Gadkari is also an agriculturist. He has not only promoted but also has major interests in the fields of Water Management, Solar Energy Projects and the use of modern tools in agriculture. Recently, he started exporting fruits to various countries under the banner Ketaki overseas Trading Company.
In Total 17 Sugar Plants were started in Vidarbha regions, and a Sugar plant is considered to be the best industry in terms of local economic development (that's the reason why the district with highest per capita income is Solapur with the 17 sugar industries). However Vidarbha now has just three plants functioning, and all of those three plants are of Purti group, a Sugar Factory is not a profitable industry, but its a major step to boost the local economy where the cash directly rises in the hand of the farmer. 5 different Industries is not true. Sugar cane produces Bagas and Molasses - where Bagas is used for power production and molasses is used for Ethanol (Alcohol) production, while the other waste products produce bio fertilizers. Purti group has brought enormous development in the catchment area. The whole thing started with a genius idea of Social entrepreneurship, Co-operative general stores (Purti Super Bazaar) is just an example. Purti group also carried out many social welfare projects such as making 100+ villages self-sufficient by solar energy in Melghat region of Vidarbha (which is the most under developed region), 2000+ Heart surgeries. Solar Rickshaws and much more.
"How could you expect us to speak against Mr Sharad Pawar? Chaar kaam wo hamare karte hain, chaar kaam hum unke karte hain." (Translation: "They do four favors to us, we do four favors for them".)
In response to TV reporter's question on how he expects to fight the election against a five-term incumbent: "I have got relations to all types of people". 
- Rajnath steps down, Gadkari takes over as BJP president
- BJP's new chief seen as moderniser
- Kanchan Gadkari, wife of State President BJP Nitin Gadkari[dead link]
- "Nitin Gadkari's son's grand wedding". 26 June 2012.
- Gadkari emerges as front-runner for post[dead link]
- "Nitin Gadkari takes over as new BJP chief, Rajnath steps down". MSN India. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- "BJP dumps Nitin Gadkari, gives Rajnath Singh his job". Business Standard. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- "Nitin Gadkari wants Ganga – Cauvery Link of national rivers!". Agricultureinformation.com. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
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- "Nitin Gadkari | Nagpur News, Blogs, Jobs, Events, Classifieds, Travel, Education and Business Directory". Nagpurpulse.com. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
- BJP official site
- "Biography for Nitin Gadkari". Silobreaker. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
- "Features". The Times Of India. 2009-12-20.
- PTI, December 19, 2009, 04.09pm IST (2009-12-19). "Rajnath steps down, Gadkari takes over as BJP president". The Times of India. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- "Arvind Kejriwal's allegations against Nitin Gadkari". NDTV news. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- "2014 Lok Sabha polls: Battleground Nagpur". 24 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014.