Manohar Joshi

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Manohar Joshi
Speaker of the Lok Sabha
In office
10 May 2002 – 2 June 2004
DeputyP. M. Sayeed
Preceded byG. M. C. Balayogi
Succeeded bySomnath Chatterjee
12th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
In office
14 March 1995 – 31 January 1999
DeputyGopinath Munde
Preceded bySharad Pawar
Succeeded byNarayan Rane
Mayor of Mumbai
In office
Preceded byN. D. Mehta
Succeeded byMurli Deora
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded byRamdas Athawale
Succeeded byEknath Gaikwad
ConstituencyMumbai North Central
Personal details
Born (1937-12-02) 2 December 1937 (age 81)
Raigad, Bombay Presidency, British India
Political partyShiv Sena
Spouse(s)Anagha Joshi

Manohar Gajanan Joshi (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]

Joshi was born in a Brahmin family hailing from Raigad district.[1] His forefathers migrated from Beed district to Goregaon village of Raigad district. He married on 14 May 1964 to Smt. Anagha Joshi, and has a son, Unmesh, and two daughters, Asmita and Namrata. Girish Vyas is his son-in-law. It was due to the case of Sundew Apartments, an apartment building built on a plot reserved for school but used by Joshi's son-in-law's construction company for personal gain, that led to the resignation of Joshi and a subsequent favourable judgment by The Supreme Court of India for petitioner Vijay Kumbhar. The building is now being used for a school.[1]

Formation of Kohinoor[edit]

After MA in law he joined in Brihanmumbai Municipal 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 School of Hospitality Management in Khandala, Maharashtra.Later on took Chancellorship of Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth.

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.[2]

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]

Joshi and Bal Thackeray were explicitly named for inciting the Shivsainiks for violence against Muslims during the 1992–1993 riots in an inquiry ordered by the government of India, the Srikrishna Commission Report. However, Joshi, then a part of the BJP-Sena government called the report "anti-Hindu, pro-Muslim and biased" and refused to adopt the commission's recommendations.[3][4]

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 [5]. 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 Vijay Kumbhar an RTI activist from Pune[6], Mr. Joshi resigned.[7]

Later, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the High Court[8] but set aside the order to conduct criminal investigation against the former Chief Minister.[9]

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[10] after being defeated in the previous Lok Sabha election from the Central Mumbai constituency.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joshi, Manohar (18 November 2012). "Balasaheb Thackeray stood behind his men like a mountain". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Former Speakers". Office of the Speaker of Lok Sabha, New Delhi. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  3. ^ "The Shiv Sena indicted". Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. The Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party Government in Maharashtra has rejected the core of the report, which was presented before the two Houses of the legislature on August 6 along with a memorandum of action to be taken thereon. The Action Taken Report (ATR), seeks to establish that the report is one-sided. Going further, Chief Minister Manohar Joshi termed the report "anti-Hindu, pro-Muslim and biased."
  4. ^ Smita Narula (1999). Broken People: Caste Violence Against India's "untouchables". Human Rights Watch. ISBN 1564322289. The reports findings were presented to the government of Maharashtra on February 16, 1998, more than five years after the riots took place. The report determined that the riots were the result of a deliberate and systematic effort to incite violence against Muslims and singled out Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray and Chief Minister Manohar Joshi as responsible. The Shiv Sena-BJP government, however, refused to adopt the commission's recommendations and instead labeled the report anti-Hindu.
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  8. ^ "Hand over Sundew Apartment or let PMC raze it: SC to Vyas Construction"
  9. ^ "Former CM Joshi pays 25,000 to petitioner"
  10. ^ "Arjun, Bhardwaj, Shinde elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha",, 20 March 2006.

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Ramdas Athawale
Member of Parliament
for Mumbai North Central

1999 – 2004
Succeeded by
Eknath Gaikwad
Political offices
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