In 2010, Congress replaced Ashok Chavan and made Prithviraj Chavan the Chief Minister. Congress had made the Maratha equation by making Prithviraj Chavan the CM. Prior to that, Prithviraj Chavan was the Minister of State in the PMO. Although Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil was also named in the race at that time. But Prithviraj Chavan was given preference. He was made the 17th Chief Minister of the state.
In fact, the clean image and simplicity of technocrat Prithviraj Chauhan makes him different from other politicians. Prithviraj Chavan was the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. He has also been the General Secretary of Congress. Apart from this, he has also been in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Haryana, Gujarat, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.
Prithviraj Chavan was born on 17 March 1946 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from BIT, Pilani. After graduating in 1967, he did a master’s course from the University of California’s Berkeley College. For this he also received the UNESCO Scholarship Award in Germany.
Father was also MP
Chavan’s father Dajisaheb Chavan was an MP from Karad parliamentary constituency and was a cabinet minister in the Nehru, Shastri and Indira governments from 1957 to 1973. He was followed by Prithviraj’s mother Premala Kaki from Karad seat till 1973, 1977, 1984, 1989 and 1991. After his death, Prithviraj Chavan contested from Karad seat and won and became an MP.
Came into politics after meeting Rajiv Gandhi!
It is said that Prithviraj Chavan entered politics after meeting former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He was a Rajya Sabha member for a long time. After this, in the year 1991, he became an MP by winning the Lok Sabha elections for the first time. Prithviraj Chavan won three consecutive elections from Karad seat of Maharashtra. After winning elections in 1991, 1996 and 1998, he had to face defeat in 1999. He was given the responsibility of five ministries in the UPA government.
Chief Minister for the first time in 2010
In 2010, he became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the first time. It is said that due to the choice of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Prithviraj Chavan got a chance. In fact, due to the Adarsh Society scam, Ashok Chavan had to resign from his post. But later Prithviraj Chavan had to resign due to the breakdown of the Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra. Prithviraj Chavan married Satvasila on 16 December 1976. They have two children, Ankita and Jai.