Raosaheb Danve

Raosaheb Dadarao Danve (born 18 March 1955) represents Bhartiya Janata Party in 17th Lok Sabha[1] and is a Minister of State Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Modi 2.0 Government formed on 30 May 2019 [2] and President of Bhartiya Janata Party.[3] He won the Jalna Loksabha seat for 5th straight time in 2019 general elections.[4]

Raosaheb Dadarao Danve
Raosaheb Danve Patil.jpg
Minister of State Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Assumed office
30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byChhotu Ram Chaudhary
In office
26 May 2014 – 05 March 2015
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byK.V.Thomas
BJP Maharashtra State President
In office
Preceded byDevendra Fadnavis
Succeeded byChandrakant Bacchu Patil
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
1999, 2004, 2009, 2014, 2019
Preceded byUttamsingh Pawar
Personal details
Born (1955-03-18) 18 March 1955 (age 65)
Jalna, Bombay State, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Nirmala Danve
ChildrenSantosh Danve, Sanjana Jadhav, Ashatai Pande, Ushatai Akhat
ParentsDadarao Danve & Keshrabai Danve
ResidenceBhokardan, Jalna, New Delhi

Early life, Family, and personal lifeEdit

Raosaheb was born to Kesharabai Danve and Dada-rao Danve on March 18, 1955.[5] Raosaheb Danve married Nirmala Tai. They have 3 daughters & Son Santosh Danve, who is a Bhartiya Janata Party MLA from Bhokardan Legislative Constituency.[6]

Political careerEdit

In the last 30 years, from a Sarpanch to a MP and later a Minister of State, Raosaheb has held various leadership positions. Earlier, he has been a general secretary of Maharashtra BJP, and twice the vice president. Danve has been renowned as a leader with rural roots. He started his journey as a Sarpanch, and later became a MLA in 1990, 1995 from Bhokardan assembly constituency,[7][8] and 5 time consecutive Member of parliament[9] since 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014, & May 2019.[10]

During the general elections that were held in May 2014, Raosaheb Danve-Patil won the Jalna constituency for the fourth time. Immediately afterwards, he was sworn in by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Minister of State for Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, the position he held till March 2015.[11]

Meanwhile, Maharashtra assembly elections were held in October 2014. BJP came to power and Devendra Fadnavis became first BJP Chief Minister of Maharashtra. However, as per the BJP culture, one person only holds one post a time, and hence Devendra Fadnavis resigned as the President of Maharashtra BJP and the search for a new leader commenced. Raosaheb Danve indicated to the party leadership that he was willing to resign as a minister[12] and in January 2015 he was appointed as the President of Maharashtra BJP by Amit Shah, the national President of BJP. Raosaheb Danve is only the second person in Maharashtra BJP to hold this office while also being a Member of Parliament. Earlier, late Suryabhan Vahadane-Patil had successfully carried the dual responsibility.[citation needed]

In 2016, a FIR was lodged against Danve for asking voters to accept Laxmi coming to their homes on election eve (alluding to money).[13] He later said that by laxmi-darshan he only intended to invoke prayers for a BJP victory and "taking Gods name cannot amount to violation of election code of conduct".[14]

By May 2017, the Tur production in Maharashtra had gone up to 20.35 lakh tonnes due to a good rainy season.[15] But the prices quickly fell and the farmers were suffering. Addressing a meeting in Jalna, when the topic was brought up, Danve lost his temper and said "Our party workers should now not cry but fight. Just the day before yesterday, we've asked officials to procure one lakh tonne tur daal. Yet these people saale (referring to farmers) are crying. Are you reading too many newspapers? Don't read!" [16] This insult directed towards the farmers was criticised by the opposition parties. Shivsena held protests against him as well and Danve expressed his regrets concerning his comment. In 2019, Danve said that the word saale is a common slang term which is not derogatory in rural marathwada, and he never intended to offend farmers.[17]

Raosaheb Danve (rightmost)

In May 2019, Danve became Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.[18]

Positions heldEdit

Within BJPEdit

  • President, BJP Maharashtra (2014)[19]
  • President, Bharatiya Janata Party BJP, Dist. Jalna, Maharashtra
  • Vice-President, BJP Maharashtra


  • 30 May 2019 Union Minister of State, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution[2]
  • 27 May 2014 to 5 March 2015 Union Minister of State, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
  • 1990-95 Member, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (First Terms)[7]
  • 1995-99 Member, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (Two Terms)[8]
  • 1990-99 Chairman, Panchayati Raj Committee
  • 1990-99 Chairman, Assurances Committee[1]
  • 1999-2000 Member, Committee on Commerce
  • 2000-2004 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Rural Development
  • 2000-2004 Member, Committee on Finance
  • 2000-2004 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
  • 5 Aug. 2007 Member, Committee on Agriculture
  • 31 Aug. 2009 Member, Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas
  • 31 Aug. 2009 Member, Committee on Commerce
  • 15 July 2015 onwards Member, Standing Committee on Information Technology[20]


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b "Narendra Modi Cabinet 2.0: Full list of Union ministers, profiles, portfolios, all you need to know".
  3. ^ http://mahabjp.org/Eng/BjpBadal/RajyastariyaAdhyaksha.aspx[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "One of the driest parts of India has sent the same guy to Parliament for twenty years". Business Insider. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Team 'Modi'fication: Who is MoS Raosaheb Dadarao Danve?". www.oneindia.com. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Bhokardan (Maharashtra) Election Results 2014, Current and Previous MLA". elections.in. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Maharashtra Assembly Election Results in 1990". elections.in. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Maharashtra Assembly Election Results in 1995". elections.in. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Jalna(Maharashtra) Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 with Sitting MP and Party Name". elections.in. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  10. ^ May 24, Prasad Joshi | TNN | Updated; 2019; Ist, 12:54. "Maharashtra chief Raosaheb Danve secures his fifth successive term | Aurangabad News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Raosaheb Danve: Minister of State (Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution)". NDTV.com. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Dadarao Danve resigns as Union Minister". The Indian Express. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Accept 'Lakshmi' Coming To Your Home: Maharashtra BJP Chief To Voters". NDTV.com. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Take 'Laxmi darshan' does not mean take money: Danve". www.afternoondc.in. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  15. ^ Reporter, Staff. "Danve abuses farmers over tur, draws flak". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Maharashtra BJP Chief's Angry Comment On Farmers Sparks Protests". NDTV.com. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  17. ^ "'जायकवाडीची खोली आणि दानवेंची बोली'!". Loksatta (in Marathi). 11 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  18. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  19. ^ "Bharatiya Janata Party - Maharashtra". mahabjp.org. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  20. ^[permanent dead link]

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Preceded by
Uttamsigh Pawar
Member of Lok Sabha
for Jalna