Balasaheb Thorat

Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat (7 February 1953) is an Indian politician currently serving as minister for revenue in Maharashtra state.[3] He is an Indian National Congress legislator from Sangamner constituency.

Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat
Cabinet Minister, Government of Maharashtra[1][2]
Assumed office
28 November 2019
  • Revenue.
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief MinisterUddhav Thackeray
Preceded byGirish Dattatray Mahajan
Mahadev Jankar
In office
  • Revenue
  • Agriculture,
  • Water Conservation,
  • Employment Guarantee Scheme
  • School Education
GovernorMohammed Fazal,
S.M. Krishna,
S.C. Jamir,
Kateekal Sankaranarayanan,
Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao
Chief MinisterVilasrao Deshmukh,
Ashok Chavan,
Prithviraj Chavan
Minister of State, Government of Maharashtra
In office
GovernorP.C. Alexander,
Mohammed Fazal
Chief MinisterVilasrao Deshmukh,
Sushilkumar Shinde
Member of Legislative Assembly, Maharashtra
Assumed office
Preceded byBhausaheb Thorat
Parliamentary groupIndian National Congress
President, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee
Assumed office
July, 2019
Preceded byAshok Chavan
Personal details
Vijay Bhausaheb Thotat

(1953-02-07) 7 February 1953 (age 67)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Other political
Children3 daughters & 1 son
ResidenceJorve, Taluka Sangamner, District Ahmednagar, Tapalcha Patta, Sudarshan, 7 Shivjinagar, Sangamner--422605
EducationFergusson 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.[4][5][6][7]

Early lifeEdit

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.


Thorat obtained his LLB degree from ILS Law College, Pune in 1977 and BA from Ferguson college, Pune University in 1975.

Political careerEdit

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.

Political statisticsEdit

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

Positions heldEdit


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-07-08. Retrieved 2016-07-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat". India Leader.
  4. ^ Ministers of Maharashtra State
  5. ^ "Sonia Gandhi appoints Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat as CLP leader in Maharashtra". Prafulla Marpakwar. The Times of India. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Balasaheb Thorat is new Maharashtra Congress chief". Free Press Journal. 3 July 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  7. ^ "7-time MLA Balasaheb Thorat is pick to end Congress factionalism in Maharashtra". Hindustan Times. 14 July 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.