Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat (7 February 1953) is an Indian politician currently serving as minister for revenue in Maharashtra state. He is an Indian National Congress legislator from Sangamner constituency.
Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat
|Cabinet Minister, Government of Maharashtra|
|Assumed office |
28 November 2019
|Governor||Bhagat Singh Koshyari|
|Chief Minister||Uddhav Thackeray|
|Preceded by||Girish Dattatray Mahajan |
|Governor||Mohammed Fazal, |
Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao
|Chief Minister||Vilasrao Deshmukh, |
|Minister of State, Government of Maharashtra|
|Governor||P.C. Alexander, |
|Chief Minister||Vilasrao Deshmukh,|
|Member of Legislative Assembly, Maharashtra|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Bhausaheb Thorat|
|Parliamentary group||Indian National Congress|
|President, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Ashok Chavan|
Vijay Bhausaheb Thotat
7 February 1953
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Children||3 daughters & 1 son|
|Residence||Jorve, Taluka Sangamner, District Ahmednagar, Tapalcha Patta, Sudarshan, 7 Shivjinagar, Sangamner--422605|
|Education||Fergusson College B.A, L.L.B|
Thorat is a key figure in the cooperative movement and is the founder of a milk co-operative and former president of the Sangamner District and State Cooperative Bank.
He is recognised for his work in Sangamner taluka and Akole taluka. He has founded cooperative educational institutions in Sangamner. Previously, he served as Minister of Agriculture and as Minister of Revenue, and Khar Lands in the Government of Maharashtra.
Balasaheb was born on 7 February 1953 to late Bhausaheb Thorat. He was named as Vijay. His father Bhausaheb Thorat was a peasant leader in Maharashtra and a one-time legislator from Sangamner constituency. Bhausaheb Thorat defeated the then political heavyweight of Maharashtra B. J. Khatal-Patil, a minister in the Maharashtra's government for sixteen-years, in the 1978 Assembly elections as a candidate of INC.
He began his political career as an Independent and fought the Sangamner Vidhan Sabha seat and won with a margin of 10,159 votes on Shakuntala Khanderao Horat. From then he never looked back and won 8 assembly elections never getting defeated in any elections as a candidate of INC.
He was the Minister of State for agriculture in the first Vilasrao Deshmukh's government. Later in 2004 he was elevated to the rank of cabinet minister alongwith Anil Deshmukh of NCP. He was one of those few leaders in Maharashtra who served as ministers in the 15-year Congress-NCP alliance. He served as the minister of Agriculture, Water Conservation, Employment Guarantee Scheme and Additional charge of School Education in Prithviraj Chavan's cabinet. He is a well-known and a leading face in the cooperative movement of Maharashtra. His nephew Satyajeet Tambe Patil is also a politician in Ahmadnagar district and a two-time member of Ahmadnagar Municipality. He always helps to poor people of sangamner and Akole taluka
Thorat was made as the MPCC chief in 2019 when Ashok Chavan resigned following the weak performance of the party in the Lok Sabha elections. Thorat had to battle with the large-scale defections from his party to the ruling alliance. Due to defections the congress's tally in the assembly fell down decisively.
Under his leadership the party improved its tally from 31 legislators in the assembly to 44 legislators. After the 2019 political turmoil in Maharashtra with the formation of a post-poll alliance called Maha Vikas Aghadi by the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena, Balasaheb swore as a minister in the Uddhav Thackeray administration.
Balasaheb is a low-profile leader and is respected by everyone for his clean image in politics.
|SI No.||Year||Assembly Cnstituency||Opponent||Votes||Difference||Result|
|1.||1985||Sangamner||Shakuntala Khanderao Horat (INC)||40218-30059||10159||Won|
|2.||1990||Sangamner||Vasantrao Sakharam Gunjal (BJP)||57465-52603||4862||Won|
|3.||1995||Sangamner||Bapusaheb Namdeo Gulave (Independent)||73611-58957||14654||Won|
|4.||1999||Sangamner||Bapusaheb Namdeo Gulave (Shiv Sena)||61975-40524||21451||Won|
|5.||2004||Sangamner||Sambhajirao Ramchandra Thorat (Shiv Sena)||120058-44301||75757||Won|
|6.||2009||Sangamner||Babasaheb Dhondiba Kute (Shiv Sena)||96686-41310||55376||Won|
|7.||2014||Sangamner||Janardan Mhatarba Aher (Shiv Sena)||103564-44759||58805||Won|
|8.||2019||Sangamner||Sahebrao Ramchandra Navale (Shiv Sena)||125380-63128||62252||Won|
- 1985–present - Member of Legislative Assembly, Maharashtra.
- 1999-2004 - Minister of State for Agriculture, Govt of Maharashtra
- 2004-2014 - Cabinet Minister, Govt of Maharashtra
- 14 July 2019 – present - PCC Chief, Maharashtra
- 26 November 2019 - Incumbent - Congress Legislative Party leader, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
- 28 November 2019 – Present - Cabinet Minister for Revenue, Govt of Maharashtra
- 8 January 2020 - Guardian minister Kolhapur
- Permanent invitee - Congress Working Committee
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-07-08. Retrieved 2016-07-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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