Home » Features » Politics » Prithviraj Chavan

Prithviraj Chavan

Prithviraj Chavan is the current Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He was sworn on November 11, 2010 after the Indian National Congress (INC) chose him to be the successor of Ashok Chavan.

AICC president Sonia Gandhi chose Prithviraj Chavan as the successor of Ashok Chavan after the later was alleged to be involved in the Adarsh scam.

Prior to becoming the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan was a member of Rajya Sabha. He also served as the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office. He began his political career in 1991. He won the Lok Sabha constituency in 1991, 1996 and 1998. He lost in the 1999 election.

Personal Biography

Prithviraj Chavan was born to Anandrao (Dajisaheb Chavan) and Premalakaki Chavan, who are both politicians. His father Dajisaheb was a member of Lok Sabha from Karad constituency and served as a Minister in cabinets of former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi.

Prithviraj studied at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and graduated in mechanical engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prithviraj Chavan Timeline



Prithviraj Chavan ordered a probe into the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who was charged with sedition.


On 6 October 2012, Prithviraj Chavan orders a probe into the irregularities in the state irrigation department. The irregularities were alleged in the Gosikhurd and Bawanthadi irrigation projects in Vidarbha in which 45 senior officials are alleged to be involved. Devendra Shirke, the water resources secretary, who was the executive director of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation will also face the probe.

Prithviraj Chavan in News

Independent Fact-Checker Says: ‘Congress-Led Govt Built More Houses Than It Takes Credit For’, an independent fact-check initiative, has confirmed that the state government (2009-10 to 2013-14) led by Prithviraj Chavan built 715,339 homes for poor families.  This is an increase of 117% compared with the previous government’s (2005-06 to 2008-09) record of 329,277 homes built for poor families

CM’s Healthcare Schemes A Boon For Patients
For the Maharashtra government, addressing health issues ranks high on its list of priorities and the same is reflected through various policy interventions, innovative steps and strategies implemented to provide quality healthcare for all

Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Efficient Drought Management Results in No Loss of Lives and Livelihood in 3 Years
In an agrarian economy, farmers and water are the most crucial resources. Many parts of Maharashtra, specifically Marathwada, and the western and central regions, received less than 50 percent of expected annual rainfall in 2011 and 2012. Since taking over the government in 2010, while the region continued to experience extreme drought, Mr. Chavan is ensured is that there was no scarcity of water

'CM's Push Shrinks Power Supply Deficit to 3% in State'
Over the last five years, with the gap between demand and supply having reduced from 18 percent to 3 percent Maharashtra is able to supply power to everyone and is on its way to becoming a zero load-shedding State. 82 percent of Maharashtra is already free of power cuts

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s Initiatives Raise Irrigation Potential
Water is a precious resource. The Maharashtra government, led by Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan, is committed towards conservation of water, ensuring its optimum use. More than 500 projects have been completed under his vision & leadership. Recent measures have resulted in improving the utilisation of created irrigation potential to 67%

First State Maharashtra State e-Governance Awards Distribution Function, Organised by Directorate of IT
On the auspicious occasion of Maharashtra Day on 1st May, 2014, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Prithviraj Chavan gave away the First State eGovernance Awards to the best eGovernance Projects in Maharashtra State in an event at Sahyadri Guest House, Mumbai. The award winners received a trophy and certificate of appreciation by Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Hon

Shree Uttam Steel & Power to Set Up Rs. 11,156 Crore Mega Project in Maharashtra
Integrated project to comprise 1.5 MTPA manufacturing plant and a 40 MW Captive Power Plant To generate employment for 2500 people Signs MoU with Government of Maharashtra Shree Uttam Steel and Power Ltd (SUSPL) today, signed an MoU with Government of Maharashtra for setting up a new Mega Project comprising of a manufacturing facility with a capacity to produce 1

Union Minister Gopinath Munde cremated
Union Minister for Rural Development Gopinath Munde who died yesterday in a car accident was created today with full State honours

UID Linked Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG to be Rolled Out Across Maharashtra
Taking the transformational potential of the UID Linked Direct Benefit Transfer into consideration, Hon. Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan took a detailed review of the project progress on September 20, 2013

Ajit Pawar takes oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra
BJP and Shiv Sena parties boycott swearing-in ceremony

MNS to go ahead with rally to protest August 11 violence
MNS insists the rally from Girgaum Chowpatty to Azad Maidan will be peaceful

Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh passes away
Prime Minister and President expresses grief

Shiv Sena wants President Pranab to reject Afzal's mercy petition
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray urges President Pranab to reject the mercy petition of Afzal Singh

Work at Mumbai's fire-damaged Mantralaya resumes
Maharashtra Government employees returned to work at Mantralaya, the secretariat building in Mumbai, on Monday, four days after its top floors were damaged in a fire.

Employees hoist tricolour on Mumbai's Mantralaya days after fire mishap
Six employees of the Maharashtra Government's Public Works Department (PWD) hoisted the Indian tricolour on Mantralaya, the building housing the state secretariat for the first time on Sunday, three days after a raging fire destroyed at least two floors.

Renovation work starts at Mantralaya in Mumbai
Renovation work started at the Mantralaya here on Saturday, two days after a major fire claimed five lives there.

Kin mourn death of Mantralaya victim
Family and friends of Mohan More, the security guard who died in the Mantralaya inferno, have expressed grief over his death.

Mantralaya fire: Maha Govt. to seek Nasscom, foreign experts' help to recover data
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said that his government will seek help from Nasscom, cyber cell and foreign experts to recover data from computer hard disks damaged in the fire that broke out in the state secretariat yesterday.

32 killed in Maharashtra bus mishap
At least thirty-two pilgrims were killed and over 20 injured when their bus fell off a bridge in Maharashtra's Osmanabad District this morning.

Rahul Gandhi visits drought-hit Satara, assures all assistance
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi visited the drought-hit regions in Mumbai's Satara District on Saturday, and assured the locals that the government would come up with a proper solution to help them get rid of all their problems.

India committed to achieving Millennium Development Goals, Krishna tells Moon
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Friday said India is committed to achieving the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UN Secretary General arrives in India
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Thursday to kick start his three day official visit to India from 26-29 April.

Maharashtra CM Chavan backs Hazare's view on having strong Lokayukta
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday backed veteran social activist Anna Hazare's view on the need to have a strong Lokayukta to combat corruption.

UN Secretary General Moon to arrive in India on Thursday
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would be on a four day official visit to India from 26-29 April.

Ramdev to invite Army chief to join his anti-graft campaign
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday said that he would invite Army chief General V.K. Singh to join his campaign against black money and corruption after his retirement.

CAG indicts Vilasrao Deshmukh in land scam
A leaked report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has reportedly indicted Science and Technology Minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in connection with a land scam.

Vice President mourns demise of veteran Congressman NKP Salve
Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Sunday mourned the demise of veteran Congressman Narendra Kumar Salve, better known as NKP Salve.

RJD takes potshots at Nitish Govt. over Katju's press freedom remarks
Taking a dig at the Nitish Kumar Government in Bihar over Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Justice (retired) Markandey Katju's recent statement that the press did not enjoy freedom in the state, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Monday said the state government is trying to erode democratic values by imposing restrictions on people.

Maharashtra Govt. recommends Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar
The Maharashtra Government on Thursday said that it had written to the central government to give the country's top civilian award-the Bharat Ratna-to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

Chavan meets Manmohan Singh to discuss Ambedkar memorial issue
Maharashtra Chief Minister Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan along with other lawmakers met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Saturday to seek his intervention in the construction of a memorial dedicated to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

India remembers 26/11 martyrs on third anniversary of terror strike
Rich tributes were paid to 26/11 martyrs on the third anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks by Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and a host of other leaders on Saturday.

Maharashtra CM Chavan says Team Anna free to take part in elections
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said veteran social activist Anna Hazare and the members of his core team are free to take part in the upcoming elections.

Environment Ministry gives nod to Lavasa
The Ministry of Environment on Wednesday gave the clearance to the first phase of the Lavasa hill city township project located between Mumbai and Pune subject to "strict compliance" of certain terms and conditions.

Anna disapproves Lavasa township, writes to Maharashtra CM
Slamming Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over Lavasa hill city township project, veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare today said that the project has violated the course of justice.

Hazare's anti-graft movement showing political hues: Prithviraj Chavan
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan regards the anti-graft movement of social activist Anna Hazare to be having a political agenda.

Maharashtra CM seeks Centre's green signal for elite township project
Maharashtra chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has appealed to the Ministry of Environment to endorse the first phase of the Lavasa hill city township project located between Mumbai and Pune.

Lawmakers pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi
Lawmakers in Mumbai and other parts of the country on Sunday paid their tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 142nd birth anniversary.

BJP's Venkaiah Naidu slams Manmohan Singh on 2G scam
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M. Venkaiah Naidu has attacked Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over the 2G spectrum allocation scam by accusing him of having diverted the country's attention from the massive financial scam.

Mumbai blast victims yet to receive compensation, seek help from NHRC
The victims of various militant attacks in Mumbai have approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to receive the compensation promised to them by the Central and state governments.

Comment on this story