Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis is the current Chief Minister of Maharashtra – A rare brand of politician who is both, erudite and popular with the masses. He holds a Graduate Degree in Law from Nagpur University, a Post Graduate Degree in Business Management and a Diploma in Methods and Techniques of Project Management from D.S.E. Berlin. Starting his political career in the mid nineties, in a short span, has become a respected political leader of the masses.
Devendra has played multiple leadership roles for both his political party as well as an elected representative of the people of Nagpur, Maharashtra. He has served as an elected member in the Municipal Corporation of Nagpur for two consecutive terms, in 1992 and 1997. He has the distinction of being the Second youngest Mayor in India and the youngest Mayor in Nagpur, when he served as the Mayor of Nagpur. He was also the only person to be re-elected and serve as the first ‘Mayor in Council’ of the State of Maharashtra. He has been elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra State, representing Nagpur, since, 1999.
With over 13 years of service as a representative of the people in Maharashtra State Assembly, he has been a part of various committees over the years, namely – Estimates Committee; Standing Committee on Urban development and Housing; Rules Committee; Public Undertaking Committee, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (Water Supply).
Devendra is a seasoned public representative and has been recognised in several forums for his political acumen and skill. This ability has been recognized both nationally and internationally, as he has many awards to his credit including one from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for the ‘Best Parliamentarian Award‘. He has been elected as a secretary of the Global Parliamentarian on habitat.
Devendra is well-known for his intellectual analysis and thought leadership on several topics including those related with fiscal issues. His analysis of the annual national budget is eagerly awaited every year. His thoughts and ideas on how the economic divide between the poor and affluent can be bridged have been appreciated by experts. He has been invited to several international conferences to make presentations on topics like climate change and energy security.
Devendra is a man known for great wisdom and political intellect. He is known for his strength of character, sharpness of mind, and organizational skills. He is considered to be farsighted and firm in his approach and extremely humble in his dealings.
A soft-spoken, open minded leader who walks before he talks; that’s Devendra Fadnavis. He leads by example and unlike the white collared consultant, chooses to be at the be in front, willing to get his hands dirty when he wants to sow the seeds of development. Like a CEO, his policy is to walk first and talk later or to talk at all. The low-key, high-performing business management graduate, Devendra is the calm, composed, unruffled Chief Political Officer (CPO) who will leave no stone unturned to empower, mobilize and lead his janata towards progress and development.
Devendra as a seasoned public representative, has been recognized in several forums for his political acumen, intellect and skill, both nationally and internationally. His political career commenced in the early nineties where he joined the BJP Maharashtra as a Ward President, BJYM. Devendra became the youngest municipal corporator of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation at the age of 21 and remained corporator for two consecutive terms, 1992 and 1997. He also has the distinction of being the second youngest Mayor in India, as Mayor of Nagpur at 27 years of age, in 1997. He is also the only person to be re-elected as the Mayor in Council of the State of Maharashtra . Since1999, he has been elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra State, representing Nagpur. Devendra Fadnavis has many awards to his credit including one from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for the Best Parliamentarian Award. He has been elected as a Secretary of the Global Parliamentarian on Habitat.