Prithviraj Chavan

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Prithviraj Chavan
पृथ्वीराज चव्हाण
Prithviraj Chavan - India Economic Summit 2011.jpg
Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Assumed office
11 November 2010
Preceded by Ashok Chavan
Constituency Karad
Personal details
Born (1946-03-18) 18 March 1946 (age 68)
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Satvasheela
Residence Satara
Alma mater BITS, Pilani
University of California, Berkeley
Religion Hinduism

Prithviraj Chavan (Marathi: पृथ्वीराज चव्हाण) (born 17 March 1946) is the 22nd and current Chief Minister of Maharashtra, a state in Western India. Born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh Chavan is a graduate of Birla Institute of Technology and Science and University of California in mechanical engineering. He spent time working in the field of aircraft instrumentation and designing audio recorders for anti-submarine warfare in the US before returning to India and becoming an entrepreneur in 1974. Referred to in the media as a technocrat with a clean, non-controversial image, a low-profile leader, Chavan served as the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office. Chavan is Congress in-charge of the sensitive state of the Jammu and Kashmir and of Haryana.

Chavan drawn into politics after meeting with the Rajiv Gandhi. He has been involved in the Indian National Congress bureaucracy for most of his adult life, notably as a member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the India's Parliament) and later architect of the civil nuclear liability bill. He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1991 and followed it up in subsequent elections. Chavan held five portfolios in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government that includes the ministry of science and technology. He became chief minister of Maharashtra in 2010 at the instance of Congress President Sonia Gandhi succeeding Ashok Chavan.

Early life[edit]

Prithviraj Chauhan was born to politicians Anandrao alias Dajisaheb Chavan and Premalakaki Chavan. Dajisaheb was a Member of the Lok Sabha from the Karad constituency & served as a Minister in the cabinets of Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi. Upon Dajisaheb's death, Chavan's mother Premalakaki contested from her late husband's constituency and served for all consecutive terms till her death in 1995 .

Chauhan graduated in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He wrote articles on computer science; engineering design; and also contributed to research in computerization.

Political career[edit]

Chavan started his political career in 1991; his name was proposed by Mr. Hindurao Sakharam Jagtap (President Karad Taluka Youth congress Committee)as the Congress party nominee in place of his late mother, and won the family seat of Karad thrice, in '91, '96 and '98 and lost it in 1999.[1]

He was the Minister of State for the ministries of Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and in charge of Prime Minister's Office. Earlier he was also the Minister Of State in charge of the Department Of Atomic Energy. He retained his image of "Mr. Clean" which fetched prestigious post of chief minister after departure of Ashok Chavan on account of Adarsh Scam.

Barely days into his tenure as the Chief Minister Of Maharashtra, he, along with Civil Aviation minister Praful Patel, met Jairam Ramesh, the Minister for Environment And Forests and successfully convinced him to give the environmental clearance for the much delayed Navi Mumbai International Airport. He was instrumental in fostering Jaitapur Power Project through direct counseling of natizens. He has also announced reformations in higher and technical education in Maharashtra. He took initiative to enhance research at the University level providing enhanced Scholarships so that people can take up the task full-time. In the very first year, he took staunch steps to curb corruption in cooperative sector through RBI by dissolution of Directorate of Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank. He took firm steps to put down the builder lobby infamous for unfair practices, especially in the urban areas of Mumbai & Pune.

Personal life[edit]

Pritviraj Chavan Born in Indore is married to Satvasheela. They have a daughter Ankita and a son Jai. Ankita got married on Nov 11 2013 in Delhi.[2]

Posts held[edit]

  • 1991-92 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • 1992-93 Member, Committee on Science and Technology, Ministry of Environment and Forests.
  • 1994-96 Member, Standing Committee on Finance and Planning.
  • 1996-99 Member, Committee on Provision of Computers to Members of Parliament.
  • 2000-01 Spokesperson, All India Congress Committee.
  • 2002-04 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defence.
  • 2004-22 May 2009 and 28 May 2009 onward Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office.


  1. ^ Gupta, Smita (10 November 2010). "Prithviraj, with a clean image, takes up key political assignment". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  2. ^ Deshpande, Rajeev (29 November 2013). "Techknow neta: The aerospace engineer who became a politician". The Times Of India. 

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Preceded by
Ashok Chavan
Chief Minister of Maharashtra
11 Nov 2010 - Present
Succeeded by