Hitendra Thakur

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Hitendra Thakur
हितेंद्र ठाकूर
President, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA)
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
2014 – Present
Preceded by Vivek Pandit
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
2005–2009
Succeeded by Vivek Pandit
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
1999–2005
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
1995–1999
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
1990–1995
Preceded by Dominic Gonsalves
Personal details
Born (1961-10-03) 3 October 1961 (age 55)
Virar, Maharashtra, India
Political party Bahujan Vikas Aghadi
Spouse(s) Pravina Thakur
Relations Jayendra alias "Bhai" Thakur (Brother)
Children Kshitij, Uttung, Shikhar
Residence Thakur Niwas, Virar
Alma mater Vartak college, Vasai
Website http://hitendrathakur.com

Hitendra Thakur (Marathi:हितेंद्र ठाकूर,(आप्पा) born: 3 October 1961) is an Indian politician from Virar, Maharashtra, India. He is the president of Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi, a political party in the Vasai-Virar region of Maharashtra, India.[citation needed].

Political life[edit]

Thakur started his political career in 1988 when elected the President of the Vasai Taluka Youth Congress; 2 years later in the Maharashtra State Assembly elections in 1990, he was elected MLA for Vasai-Virar from the Indian National Congress at the age of 29. Later he formed his own political party now known as Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi and won 3 subsequent elections as well.[1]

He is also close to former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. A number of people in the constituency praise Thakur for solving their immediate problems, for example, water tankers are arranged by Thakur for people in his constituency who live in areas facing water shortage. The water tanker is operated by water mafia.[2]. Waste water is filled from nearby area and supplied to housing societies.[3]

His political party, Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi (BVA) currently holds majority in the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC), Vasai Taluka Panchayat Samiti and various Gram Panchayats in the region. Despite having no legitimate role, he continues to control the election of the Thane Zilla Parishad and the Thane Zilla Co-operative bank. As such he helped Vasant Davkhare get the post of Deputy Chairman of the Maharashtra Legislative Council three times and Govinda (a Bollywood star and a close friend) win the Mumbai North seat in 2004 General elections.[4]

Criminal cases and financial assets[edit]

As per his own affidavits filed as a candidate in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election, 2014, Thakur has 8 criminal cases against him (7 where charges are framed, 1 where cognizance is taken, 0 where convicted). He and his spouse have assets of over 100 crore (US$16 million), and liabilities of over 18 crore (US$2.8 million).[5][6]

As of October 2014, Hitendra Thakur has over 19 crore (US$3.0 million) of movable assets, over 71 crore (US$11 million) of immovable assets, and over 12 crore (US$1.9 million) of liabilities. His wife has over 3 crore (US$470,000) of movable assets, over 4 crore (US$620,000) immovable assets, and over 6 crore (US$930,000) of liabilities.[6]

Other controversies[edit]

On 3 July 2009, the Government of Maharashtra had issued a notification for inclusion of 53 villages in the newly formed Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation. However 49 of the 53 villages had opposed the merger citing environmental and heritage issues and refused the move by forming the Gao Bachao Andolan Samiti under the guidance of Vivek Pandit, longtime opposition candidate of Hitendra Thakur.[7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Thakur was born on 3 October 1961 in Virar , district Palghar (formerly Thane district) in Maharashtra, India in a middle class Hindu Maratha Maharashtrian family[citation needed]. He did his schooling in Virar and later graduated from the Vartak College in Vasai[citation needed]. While studying in the Vartak College, Vasai, he was elected at the post of general secretary of the student council[citation needed].

In mid-2009 his elder son, Kshitij Thakur won Nalla Sopara seat. His wife Pravina Thakur is first woman Mayor of Vasai-Virar as his party swept the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation polls by winning 106 seats.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Candidates with underworld links win". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 17 October 2004. 
  2. ^ Dionne Bunsha (2004-12-17). "The States: Dons in a new role". The Hindu. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  3. ^ ZEE 24 TAAS (2017-07-26), Vasai Virar | Water Tankers Filling Waste Water And Providing It To Society, retrieved 2017-07-27 
  4. ^ Prachi Jatania/Express News Service (2004-04-09). "He’s the reason why Govinda could win". Express India. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  5. ^ "Maharashtra election 2014. List of candidates in Vasai constituency.". www.myneta.info. National Election Watch; Association for Democratic Reforms. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Maharashtra election 2014. Profile of Hitendra Vishnu Thakur (winner, Vasai constiuency).". www.myneta.info. National Election Watch; Association for Democratic Reforms. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  7. ^ observer (2009-08-31). "Vasai-Virar civic body not a good idea, say villagers". Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  8. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/news-feed/archives/vasai-residents-beat-up-mla-hitendra-thakur/article1-442019.aspx
  9. ^ My Neta. "HITENDRA VISHNU THAKUR(Independent(IND)):Constituency- VASAI(District1) - Affidavit Information of Candidate:". MyNeta.info. 
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