Devendra Fadnavis – profile of a potential Chief Minister

Will Devendra Fadnavis become the next Maharashtra Chief Minister? This article provides an insight into the biographical profile of Devendra Fadnavis, one of the potential candidates for the CM's post. It provides information about his educational and political background as well as general skills and contact details

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) put a clear stamp on the face of Maharashtra's politics by winning 122 seats in the recent 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections. By dint of being the single largest party in the Assembly, the BJP will have its own candidate as the next Chief Minister. Even before the results were declared, a number of names have been circulating among speculators as to who will be the next CM of the State. The names included: Nitin Gadkari, Devendra Fadnavis, Pankaja Munde, Eknath Khadse, Sudhir Mungantiwar and Vinod Tawde.

Many people thought it would be a choice between Gadkari and Fadnavis, till Gadkari made a categorical statement to the media that he was happy in the Central Government as Union Minister and had no desire to re-enter State politics. Thus Fadnavis became the prime contender for the top job.

Let's have a look at the interesting profile of a young politician who has come into the national limelight post-elections and could well be the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Devendra Fadnavis Biography

Academics Background

A native of Nagpur, Maharashtra, Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis graduated from Nagpur University with a law degree. Subsequently, he pursued a post graduate program in business management. Adding to these is a Diploma in Methods and Techniques of Project Management from D.S.E., Berlin (D.S.E. full form is Deutsche Stiftung für internationale Entwicklung, which is the German Foundation for International Development).

Political Arena

Entering the political field as a Ward Convenor of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in 1989, Fadnavis was a year later appointed as the Office Bearer of the party in their Nagpur (west) division. Two years on, he rose higher, to the President's post of the party's Nagpur city division. Youth was on his side when, at age 21, he took up the responsibility of a municipal corporator in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation & followed it up with a second term. He even became the city's mayor, becoming the second youngest individual to hold the post of Mayor in the country. Fadnavis eventually rose to the Vice-President's party post of the State. There was no looking back after that, with Fadnavis taking on a larger role in national politics as the BJVM's national Vice President in 2001and as the BJP's General Secretary in Maharashtra in 2010. Three years later, he was honoured with the prime post – occupying the Chief's chair of the party in Maharashtra.

Personal Skills

Fadnavis' rise up the rungs of the political ladder has been phenomenal. Not surprising, considering his administrative skills and clear-headed efficiency. Besides, it is not only law and politics that he is knowledgeable about. He also has some expertise in financial issues. In fact, he has authored a book 'How to understand & read the State Budget'.

Even more creditable, the young leader has got excellent speech delivery skills – something that is definitely of importance in the field of politics! He has even won a best speaker award during an inter-university debate on the national level. It is not just on the local or national platform that he is a good orator but also on the international level too. A wide spectrum of topics are covered in the international papers he has presented and the speeches he has delivered, ranging from disaster management in India to ecological & social risks of natural disasters, energy security issues to world habitats. USA, Europe, Africa or Asia – wherever he has been a delegate or invited to be a speaker, Fadnavis has made a good impression.

Personal Life

On the personal front not much is known of his hobbies or general interests outside of politics. As per his personal website, his wife is in a managerial position at a private bank. The couple has a young daughter.


At his website, Devendra Fadnavis has penned his vision of developing the State of Maharashtra at all levels, be it agriculture, water, power, infrastructure or other aspects. In fact, he wants to raise the State to the extent of becoming a "MahaanRashtra." Will he fulfil his vision as the CM of the State? Let's wait and watch what this young dynamic leader, who has both youth and efficient leadership skills on his side, can do.

Contact Information of Devendra Fadnavis

  • In Nagpur (Res-cum-Office): 276, Trikoni Park, Dharampeth, Nagpur – 440 010. Contact phone number of Devedra Fadnavis: 0712- 2533446

  • In Mumbai (office): Bharatiya Janata Party, Maharashtra - C. D. O. Barrack No. 1, Vasantrao Bhagawat Chowk, Opp. Yogakshem, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 020. Ph: 022- 22022050 / 22048687

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[Note: Information in this article is based on details provided at the leader's personal website]

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Author: K Mohan27 Oct 2014 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 6

After reading this article I was convinced that Fadnavis is the right candidate to the post of Maharashtra Chief Minister as he is not only a hard core party candidate but also close confident of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Ever since the elections to Maharashtra was announced, Fadnavis was on the fore front in campaign trail and he could win the confidence of Modi in many election meetings. BJP wants a formidable leader to combat Shiv Sena ally loss and therefore a strong and able leader will pave way for stable and steady government in Maharashtra.

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