Dhananjay Munde

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Dhananjay Munde
Minister of Social Justice and Special Assistance
Government of Maharashtra
Assumed office
30 December 2019
Preceded bySuresh Khade
Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly[1]
In office
21 October 2019
Preceded byPankaja Munde
Personal details
Born (1975-07-15) 15 July 1975 (age 45)
Parli, Maharashtra, India
Political partyNationalist Congress Party (NCP)
Spouse(s)Rajashri Munde
Children4 (1 son 3 daughters)
FatherPanditrao Munde

Dhananjay Panditrao Munde (born 15 July 1975)[2] is an Indian politician, who is currently a member of the Nationalist Congress Party. He was appointed cabinet minister in Uddhav Thackeray's Maharashtra State Government on 24 December 2019,[3][4] as the Minister for Social Justice and Special Assistance.[5] Earlier, he had held the role of opposition leader in the Legislative Council of Maharashtra.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Munde was born on 15 July 1975 in Nathra, Parli Vaijnath, Beed in a Vanjari family. Munde's family consists of his mother, Rukmini Munde, wife Rajshri Munde and daughter Adishri Munde. Munde's primary education was at New English School, Parli Vaijnath. He has done his college education from Symbiosis College, Pune. He earned his degree from the Bachelor of Social Law.[7]

Political Career[edit]

Munde won the 2019 assembly elections from Parli constituency. He is the Guardian Minister of Beed District and the Minister of Social Justice and Special Assistance of the State of Maharashtra.[8][9][10][11][12]

He entered politics from the 1995 Assembly elections under the guidance of his uncle, the late Gopinath Munde.[13] Initially, he was the head of the Student Wing in the Bharatiya Janata Party. After that, he worked for many years as the Vice President, State General Secretary, and State President of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha. While working for the Bharatiya Janata Party, Munde excelled as an organizer of various yatras (rally) and events. Munde also organized rallies for the unemployed and organized grand rallies in Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune on their issues. In 2001, he took the initiative to organize a march of five lakh youth against unemployment and terrorism. In 2003, he was selected on the organizing committee of the Afro-Asian Games held in Delhi on behalf of the Union Ministry of Sports.

He led 15,000 youths in the Youth Revolution Rally held in Delhi on August 9, 2008 on behalf of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. In March 2009, a state-wide gathering was organized in Pune on youth issues and the Charter of Youth Rights was published. He worked for 9 years as a member of Beed Zilla Parishad, 2.5 year as vice president, and 2.5 year as a president. From 2002 to 2010, he worked in Pattiwadgaon in his ZP. The group took the lead in the state in terms of development by carrying out development works worth Rs 100 crore in 8 years. While working as the Vice President of Zilla Parishad, he carried out development works by bringing development funds for the development of the district. In this, huge funds were made available for the Prime Minister's Village Road Scheme as well as water supply schemes. He was first elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Council on June 10, 2010 by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Despite his hard work and devotion, he was disappointed by the BJP. Therefore, he left the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2011 and joined the NCP in the presence of Sharad Pawar for his political future. Upon entering, he became the state vice-president of the Nationalist Congress Party. He also worked as a region spokesperson. While working in the BJP, Munde, who was behind the scenes, came to the fore as a young, energetic and ambitious leader after joining the NCP. On July 2, 2013, he was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Council for the second time by the Nationalist Congress Party. December 22, 2014 Elected as Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council. Munde was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Council for the third time on January 10, 2016 and was then elected for the second time as the Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council. Although Munde inherited politics from his uncle, the late Gopinathrao Munde, he has made a name for himself in politics. From 2014 to 2019, he played the role of Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council very accurately.

Positions held[edit]

Within NCP[edit]

  • Opposition Leader, Maharashtra Legislative Council, Since 2014
  • Cabinet minister, Social Justice and Special Assistance. Government of Maharashtra. From 24 December 2019

Within BJP[edit]


  • Opposition Leader, Maharashtra Legislative Council, Since 2014
  • MLA, Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha. Elected from Parli in 2019.

Social Work[15][edit]

Munde is the president of Nath Pratishthan, a social support organization.[16] Nath Pratishthan organizes a multi-religious community marriage ceremony every year. In the last 12 years, free marriages of more than 1500 poor boys and girls were conducted on behalf of Nath Pratishthan under the chairmanship of Munde. Marathwada, state level, national level invitations as well as day-night tennis ball cricket competitions are organized by Munde. He saved the lives of 12 passengers while carrying out relief work in a train accident at Beed, Ghatsandur taluka, Ambajogai district in 2003. Nath Pratishthan organizes cancer diagnosis and treatment camps in the district. Through Nath Pratishthan, the water problem was solved by taking 500 boreholes in Parli city and rural areas. To provide employment to farmers and youth in Parli constituency, Shri Shiv-Parvati Sugar Factory Ltd. Mungi, Dist. Beed has started setting up a private sugar factory.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Dhananjay Munde is married to Rajashri Munde, and they have a daughter.[18]
Dhananjay Munde has two more children with Karuna Sharma, born out of wedlock. In January 2021, Munde faced allegations of rape by singer Renu Sharma. He issued a statement that he is in a relationship with Karuna Sharma, Renu Sharma's sister, and Karuna had two children with him whose responsibility he has accepted. Munde added that since 2019 the two sisters and their brother have been blackmailing him.[19] A few days later, Renu Sharma withdrew her rape complaint against Dhananjay Munde. [20]


- Award for Outstanding Scholarly Speaker in the Legislature on behalf of Dainik Lokmat

- Powerful Politician Award on behalf of Dainik Lokmat

See also[edit]


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  12. ^ "समाजकार्य महाविद्यालयांच्या वेतनासाठी १०३ कोटींचे अनुदान". Loksatta (in Marathi). 9 January 2021. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Gopinath Munde's Nephew Seeks SC Probe Into Uncle's Death After Cyber Expert's EVM Hacking Claim". outlookindia.com/. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Maharashtra BJP announces new team of officials". DNA India. 9 February 2007.
  15. ^ nagoraokarad. "वो सिर्फ बोलते है; हम काम करके दिखाते है, धनंजय मुंडेंचा सत्ताधा-यांना टोला |". Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  16. ^ author/lokmat-news-network (26 March 2020). "Corona Virus In Beed : धनंजय मुंडेंच्या 'नाथ प्रतिष्ठान'चे मोठे कार्य; ५ हजार गोरगरिबांना दिला मदतीचा हात". Lokmat (in Marathi). Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  17. ^ author/online-lokmat (30 October 2020). "ऊसतोडणी कामगारांसाठी स्वतंत्र कायदा येणार; कामाला संरक्षण, आरोग्य, शिक्षणाची हमी मिळणार". Lokmat (in Marathi). Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  18. ^ Bhadani, Priyanka (19 October 2019). "Cousins collide". The Week.
  19. ^ Sutar, Kamlesh Damodar (12 January 2021). "Singer alleges rape, Maha Minister Dhananjay Munde refutes, calls it blackmail". India Today.
  20. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/india/woman-withdraws-rape-complaint-against-dhananjay-munde/
  21. ^ "Dhananjay Munde | Rewarded as Powerful Politician | Lokmat Maharashtrian Of the Year Award 2018 - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
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