Devendra Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis

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18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Assumed office
31 October 2014
GovernorC. Vidyasagar Rao
Preceded byPrithviraj Chavan
Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
for Nagpur South West
Assumed office
Preceded byConstituency created
Assembly Member
for Nagpur West
In office
Preceded byVinod Gudadhe Patil
Succeeded bySudhakar Shamrao Deshmukh
Mayor of Nagpur
In office
Personal details
Born (1970-07-22) 22 July 1970 (age 48)
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Political partyLotus BJP Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Amruta Fadnavis
ResidenceDharampeth, Nagpur
Alma materNagpur University, Free University of Berlin

Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis (born 22 July 1970) is an Indian politician and 18th,[1] incumbent Chief Minister of Maharashtra holding the office from 31 October 2014. A member of Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, at the age of 44, he became the second youngest Chief Minister of Maharashtra after Sharad Pawar. Fadnavis represents the Nagpur South West constituency in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

Early life and education

Fadnavis was born on 22 July 1970 in Nagpur. His father, Gangadhar Fadnavis, served as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from Nagpur. His mother, Sarita Fadnavis, who is a descendant of the Kaloti family of Amravati, was the former Director of Vidarbha Housing Credit Society.[2][3]

Fadnavis received his initial schooling from Indira Convent, named after then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. During the Emergency, Fadnavis' father, Gangadhar, a member of the Jan Sangh, was incarcerated for participating in anti-government protests. Fadnavis subsequently refused to continue his schooling at Indira Convent, because he did not want to attend a school named after the Prime Minister he held responsible for jailing his father. He then transferred to the Saraswati Vidyalaya school, where he received most of his schooling.[4] After completing ten years of schooling, Fadnavis attended Dharampeth Junior College for his intermediate. After completing his 12th standard, he enrolled at Government Law College, Nagpur, for a five-year integrated law degree, and graduated in 1992.

Fadnavis also has a post-graduate degree in Business Management and a diploma in Methods and Techniques of Project Management from DSE (German Foundation for International Development), Berlin.[5]

Political career

Fadnavis began his political career in the mid-nineties. Since that time he served in multiple leadership roles for both his political party as well as an elected representative. As a college student, Fadnavis was an active member of BJP affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).[6] He won his first municipal election from Ram Nagar ward.[7][8] Five years later Fadnavis became the youngest mayor of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation and became the second youngest mayor in the history of India.[9][10]

He has represented Nagpur in the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra State (Vidhan sabha) since 1999 and is serving his 4th Term as of 2014.In the Maharashtra State Assembly,he has served on several committees. After the 2014 assembly elections, Fadnavis was elected the legislative party leader by the BJP MLAs in the presence of party's central observers, Union Home minister Rajnath Singh and party's national general secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda.[11] As the leader of the biggest party in the assembly, Fadnavis was appointed as the chief minister of Maharashtra on 31 October 2014.[12] His government won a confidence motion by voice vote on 12 November 2014 allowing it to govern.[13][14]

Positions held

Within BJP

  • Ward President, BJYM (1989)
  • Office Bearer, Nagpur (west) BJP (1990)
  • Nagpur President, BJYM (1992)
  • State Vice President, BJYM (1994)
  • National Vice President, BJYM (2001)
  • General Secretary, BJP, Maharashtra (2010)
  • President, BJP Maharashtra (2013)


Personal life

Fadnavis is married to Amruta Fadnavis. The couple have one daughter, Divija Fadnavis.[16]

Amruta Fadnavis with Husband Devendra Fadnavis and Daughter Divija Fadnavis


In April 2016, whilst addressing a rally in Nashik, Fadnavis said that, every Indian will have to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and those who refuse to chant the slogan should not live in the country instead go to Pakistan or China. [17], Day after he said that all Indians to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', Fadnavis issued a clarification after he found himself embroiled in a controversy over the issue.[18]

See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Prithviraj Chavan
Chief Minister of Maharashtra


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