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Sushilkumar Shinde
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16th Leader of the House in Lok Sabha
In office
3 August 2012 – 18 May 2014
Speaker Meira Kumar
Preceded by Pranab Mukherjee
Succeeded by Narendra Modi
32nd Union Minister of Home Affairs
In office
31 July 2012 – 26 May 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by P. Chidambaram
Succeeded by Rajnath Singh
27th Union Minister of Power of India
In office
30 January 2006 – 31 July 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by PM Sayeed
Succeeded by Veerappa Moily
19th Governor of Andhra Pradesh
In office
4 November 2004 – 29 January 2006
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
Preceded by Surjit Singh Barnala
Succeeded by Rameshwar Thakur
15th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
In office
18 January 2003 – 4 November 2004
Governor Mohammed Fazal
Deputy Chhagan Bhujbal
Vijaysinh Mohite–Patil
Preceded by Vilasrao Deshmukh
Succeeded by Vilasrao Deshmukh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
2009 - 2014
Preceded by Subhash Deshmukh
Succeeded by Sharad Bansode
Constituency Solapur
In office
1998 - 2003
Preceded by Lingaraj Valyal
Succeeded by Pratapsinh Mohite-Patil
Constituency Solapur
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
Preceded by Naresh Puglia
Succeeded by Tariq Anwar
Constituency Maharashtra
Personal details
Born (1941-09-04) 4 September 1941 (age 82)
Solapur, Bombay Presidency, British India
Political party Indian National Congress
Alma mater Dayanand College, Solapur
Shivaji University
University of Mumbai
Solapur University

Sushilkumar Sambhaji Shinde (born 4 September 1941) is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra. He was the Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Power in the Manmohan Singh government, and the Leader of the House in Lok Sabha until 26 May 2014. He previously served as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 18 January 2003 to 4 November 2004.

Early life and education

Shinde was born on 4 September 1941 at Solapur to Sambhaji Rao Shinde and Sakhu Bai. Shinde completed his education with an honours degree in arts from Dayanand College, Solapur and LLB from ILS Law College and New Law College, University of Bombay, Maharashtra.

Early career

Sushilkumar Shinde started his career as a bailiff in the Sessions court of Solapur where he worked from 1957 – 1965. He then joined the Maharashtra Police as a constable. Subsequently, he served in the Maharashtra CID for six years, as a sub-inspector of police, under Amukuraj Patil, his CID mentor.

Political career

In the year 1971, Shinde became a member of the Congress Party. He won the Maharashtra state assembly elections in 1974, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1992, 24 May 2003 to August 2004–(General) by-election, September 2004 to 2 October 2004–(General). Shinde was elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra during July 1992 to March 1998. In 1999, he acted as campaign manager of the Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. In 2002, Shinde lost the election for the post of Vice-President of India contesting against the National Democratic Alliance candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. He served as the chief minister of Maharashtra from 2003 to 2004. He was appointed the Governor of Andhra Pradesh on 30 October 2004 replacing Surjit Singh Barnala, who became the Governor of Tamil Nadu. He left the office on 29 January 2006.

Shinde was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha for the second time from Maharashtra on 20 March 2006. Shinde became the leader of Lok Sabha after his predecessor Pranab Mukherjee was elected President of India. Shinde served as Power minister of India from 2006 to 2012. Later, he was appointed Home Minister of India in 2012. His tenure as a Home Minister saw two major decisions of hanging the terrorists Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab.

During the 2012 northern India power grid failure, Shinde deflected criticism by observing that India was not alone in suffering major power outages, as the United States and Brazil had both experienced similar blackouts within the previous few years. Officials in Uttar Pradesh, where the problem was believed to have begun, said the grid could not keep up with the huge demand for power in the hot summer. Uttar Pradesh power corporation chief Awanish Kumar Awasthi stated that the grid collapse was due to the states drawing more than their allotted power to meet the summer demand.

In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Shinde was the Congress party nominee. He was defeated by BJP Candidate Mr. Sharad Bansode.

Sushilkumar Shinde contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Solapur. Shinde was the Congress party nominee. He was defeated by BJP Candidate Mr. Siddheshwar Maharaj by a margin of 156,261 votes.

According to him, 2019 Indian general elections were the last Lok Sabha elections contested by him.

Personal life

Shinde married Ujwala Shinde on 1 May 1970. The couple has three daughters. One of his daughters Praniti Shinde is MLA of Solapur, Maharashtra India.

Awards & honours

  • 15 January 1977: Selected in Ten Noteworthy Youth of the country by Indian Jaycees.
  • 1978: Second choice as most popular Minister in the survey by 'Manohar' a weekly.
  • 1981: Honoured with Basav Bhushan Award as "Ideal Youth" by Congress Party.
  • 9 March 1996: "National Citizen Award" as a Best Member of Parliament at the hands of Mother Teresa.
  • 2003: Bhai Bagal Award 2003, Third place at India Today – Reader's Choice The Best Chief Minister.
  • 2005: Guruvarya Shankarrao Kanitkar Award at the hands of senior journalist Arun Tikekar.
  • 22 September 2005 to 21 September 2007 & 21 November 2007 to 24 December 2009: Tilak Maharashtra Vidhyapeeth Chancellor.
  • 23 January 2007: First D Lit. awarded by D Y Patil University. (Subject – Literature)
  • 9 September 2007: Second D Lit. degree awarded by Srikrishna Devrai University, Andhra Pradesh. (Subject – Literature)
  • 18 February 2009: Third D Lit. awarded by Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal. (Subject – Science)
  • 9 May 2009: "Navshakti Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar" awarded by Navshakti Times.
  • 19 July 2009: Government Award of "Ideal Teacher" in memory of Education Officer Hon. B.C. Dhegale.

Positions held


  • 1974 – 1992: Member, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
  • 1974 – 1975: Minister of State for Sports and Cultural Affairs, Government of Maharashtra
  • 1975 – 1977: Minister of State for Finance, Family Welfare, Sports and Cultural Affairs, Government of Maharashtra
  • 1978: Cabinet Minister for Labour and Tourism, Government of Maharashtra
  • 1983 – 1985: Cabinet Minister for Finance, Planning, Sports and Cultural Affairs, Government of Maharashtra
  • 1985: Cabinet Minister for Finance, Planning, Environment, Government of Maharashtra
  • 1986: Cabinet Minister for Finance, Planning, Industry, Law and Judiciary, Social Welfare, Government of Maharashtra
  • 1988 – 1990: Cabinet Minister for Finance, Cultural Affairs, Sports and Planning, Government of Maharashtra
  • 1990: Cabinet Minister for Urban Development, Government of Maharashtra
  • 1991: Cabinet Minister for Urban Development, Law and Judiciary, Government of Maharashtra
  • 1992: Elected to Rajya Sabha
  • 1998 – 1999: Member, Twelfth Lok Sabha
  • 1999 – 2003: Member, Thirteenth Lok Sabha
  • 2003 – 2004: Member, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
  • 2004: Chief Minister, Maharashtra
  • 2004 – 2006: Governor of Andhra Pradesh
  • 2006: Member, Rajya Sabha and Union Cabinet Minister of Power
  • 2009: Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha
  • 31 May – 31 July: Union Cabinet Minister, Power
  • Aug 2012: Union Cabinet Minister, Home Affairs
  • 30 Aug 2012: Leader of the House, Lok Sabha

Theatre & films

The Marathi film, Dusari Goshta (2014) and a documentary film Andherese Ujale Ki Aour are based on his life from childhood to becoming a popular politician.

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