In the Maharashtra government, Eknath Shinde, the Minister of Urban Development and Public Works, used to drive an auto.
In 1997, he was elected to the Thane Municipal Corporation as a councillor, and in 2004, he was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the first time.
Eknath Shinde, the Shiv Sena politician at the core of Maharashtra’s political turmoil, began his political career as a party worker before rising to become one of the party’s top leaders thanks to his organisational abilities and public backing.
Shinde, 58, began his political career as an auto driver in Mumbai’s neighbouring Thane city and rose quickly to become a renowned Shiv Sena leader in the Thane-Palghar region. He is well-known for his outspokenness on public matters.
MLA for the Fourth Time
Shinde, a four-time MLA from the Shiv Sena, is presently the Minister of Urban Development and PWD Department in Maharashtra’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) administration. He has thanked Balasaheb Thackeray, the party’s founder, numerous times for his success in state politics.
Shinde, who was born on February 9, 1964, dropped out of college before completing his degree and joined the newly formed Shiv Sena in the state.
Shinde, who is originally from the Satara area of western Maharashtra, now works in Thane. Shinde joined the Shiv Sena after being influenced by the party’s Hindutva doctrine and the personality of Bal Thackeray. Shinde, the MLA from Thane’s Kopri-Panchpakhadi constituency, is notorious for engaging in street politics and has hundreds of cases pending against him on counts ranging from intentional harm with weapons to rioting.
In 1997, a Councillor was Elected
In 1997, Shinde was elected to the Thane Municipal Corporation as a councillor, and in 2004, he was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the first time. Shinde’s importance can be gauged by the fact that he is regarded as the party’s second most powerful leader.
Dr. Shrikant Shinde, Shinde’s son, is a Lok Sabha member representing the Kalyan constituency. Shinde also served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for a short time in 2014.