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Uddhav Thackeray
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Uddhav Thackeray calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on February 21, 2020 (Uddhav Thackeray) (cropped).jpg
19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Assumed office
28 November 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
DeputyAjit Pawar
Preceded byDevendra Fadnavis
Shivsena Pramukh
Assumed office
23 January 2013
Preceded byBal Thackeray
President, Maha Vikas Aghadi
Assumed office
28 November 2019
Preceded byPosition established
Minister of General Administration, Law and Judiciary, Information and Public Relations, IT[1]
Assumed office
28 November 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
Preceded byDevendra Fadnavis
Member of Legislative Council
Assumed office
14 May 2020
ConstituencyElected by MLA'S
Editor-in-chief, Saamana
In office
20 June 2006 – 28 November 2019
Preceded byBal Thackeray
Succeeded byRashmi Thackeray
Working president of Shiv Sena
In office
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Uddhav Bal Thackeray[2]

(1960-07-27) 27 July 1960 (age 60)[3]
Bombay, Maharashtra, India (present-day Mumbai)
Political partyShiv Sena
Spouse(s)Rashmi Thackeray
ChildrenAditya Thackeray & Tejas Thackeray
FatherBal Thackeray
Relativessee Thackeray Family
ResidenceMatoshree, Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma materSir J.J. Institute of Applied Art

Uddhav Bal Thackeray (born 27 July 1960) is an Indian politician serving as the 19th and current Chief Minister of Maharashtra.[3][4][5] He is the president of Shiv Sena.

Early life and education

Uddhav Thackeray was born on 27 July 1960 as the youngest of politician Bal Thackeray and his wife Meena Thackeray's three sons.[3][6] He did his schooling in Balmohan Vidyamandir and graduated from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art with photography as his main subject.[7]

Early political career

In 2002, Thackeray started his political career as campaign incharge of Shiv Sena in the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections where the party performed well. In 2003, he was appointed as working president of Shiv Sena. Uddhav took over as chief editor of party mouthpiece Saamana (a daily Marathi-language newspaper published by Shiv Sena) in 2006 and resigned in 2019 before becoming chief minister of Maharashtra.[8]

A split in Shiv Sena happened when his cousin Raj Thackeray left the party in 2006 to form his own party named Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.[9] After the death of his father Bal Thackeray in 2012, he led the party and got elected as Shiv Sena president in 2013, and under his leadership Shiv Sena joined the NDA government in Maharashtra in 2014.[10]

Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Though Thackeray never took any constitutional post in his political career initially, however after a brief political crisis, on 28 November 2019 he took the oath as 19th Chief minister of Maharashtra after being elected as the president of the newly formed post-poll coalition Maha Vikas Aghadi.[11][4][5]

Personal life

Thackeray is married to Rashmi Thackeray and has two sons, Aditya and Tejas.[12]

While elder son Aditya is the president of the Yuva Sena, younger son Tejas is believed to be studying in a college in Buffalo, New York. Tejas has maintained a very low profile unlike his father and elder brother. On 16 July 2012, Uddhav Thackeray was admitted to Lilavati Hospital after he reported chest pain. He underwent an angioplasty and all the three blockages in his arteries were successfully removed.[13]

Thackeray has taken a keen interest in photography and has exhibited his collection of aerial shots of various forts of Maharashtra at the Jehangir Art Gallery in 2004.[14][15] He has also published photo-books Maharashtra Desh (2010) and Pahava Vitthal (2011), capturing various aspects of Maharashtra and the warkaris during Pandharpur Wari respectively in the two books.[16][17]

See also


  1. ^ "Maharashtra: NCP gets Home, Finance as Uddhav allocates portfolios". The New Indian Express. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Uddhav Thackeray, first of his clan, takes oath as chief minister of Maharashtra". India Today. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Up close and personal with Uddhav Thackeray". 22 April 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Maharashtra swearing-in HIGHLIGHTS: Farmers first; Uddhav sets priority after first cabinet meet". The Indian Express. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Uddhav Thackeray sworn in as 19th CM of Maharashtra: First of family to hold this office, 59-yr-old gets kudos from Modi, Sonia Gandhi". Firstpost. 29 November 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Uddhav Thackeray Oath Ceremony : उद्धव ठाकरे बने महाराष्ट्र के CM, छह कैबिनेट मंत्रियों ने भी ली शपथ". NDTVIndia. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Uddhav Thackeray sworn in as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra". The Economic Times. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Udhav Thackeray quite as Saamna editor". India. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  9. ^ "How A Murder Case Led To Raj Thackeray's Exit From Shiv Sena". HuffPost India. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Maharashtra government formation news". Times of India. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Udhav Thackeray swearing in as CM". Times of India. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Uddhav May Shift to New House After LS Elections". Indian Express. Mumbai. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray discharged from hospital". 23 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Thackeray's new conquest". India Today. Mumbai. 26 January 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  15. ^ Vijapurkar, Mahesh (14 January 2004). "Uddhav Thackeray and those scenic forts". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  16. ^ Kamath, Naresh (5 August 2010). "Raj, Uddhav slug it out over city's plight". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  17. ^ Chowdhury, Sudeshna (10 May 2011). "An aerial journey". Mid Day. Retrieved 25 April 2014.

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