Uddhav Thackeray

Uddhav Bal Thackeray (Marathi pronunciation: [ud̪ʱːəʋ ʈʰaːkɾeː], born 27 July 1960) is an Indian politician who is the 19th and current Chief Minister of Maharashtra.[3][5][6] He is also the president of Shiv Sena.

Uddhav Thackeray
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Uddhav Thackeray calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on February 21, 2020 (Uddhav Thackeray) (cropped).jpg
Official Portrait, 2019
19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra[a]
Assumed office
28 November 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
DeputyAjit Pawar
Preceded byDevendra Fadnavis
Assumed office
28 November 2019
Ministry and Departments
  • General Administration.
  • Law and Judiciary.
  • Information and Public Relations.
  • Information Technology.

Other departments not allocated to any Minister :

Preceded byDevendra Fadnavis
Leader of the House of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
28 November 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
SpeakerNana Patole
Deputy LeaderAjit Pawar
Preceded byDevendra Fadnavis
Leader of the House Legislative Council
Assumed office
18 May 2020
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
ChairmanRamraje Naik Nimbalkar
Deputy LeaderSubhash Desai
Preceded byChandrakant Patil
Member of Legislative Council
Assumed office
14 May 2020
ConstituencyElected by MLAs
President of Shiv Sena
Assumed office
23 January 2013
Working President (2003–13)
Preceded byBal Thackeray
President of Maha Vikas Aghadi
Assumed office
26 November 2019
ChairpersonSharad Pawar
SecretaryBalasaheb Thorat
Preceded byPosition established
Editor-in-chief of Saamana
In office
20 June 2006 – 28 November 2019
Preceded byBal Thackeray
Succeeded byRashmi Thackeray
Personal details
Uddhav Bal Thackeray[2]

(1960-07-27) 27 July 1960 (age 61)[3]
Bombay, Maharashtra, India (present-day Mumbai)
Political partyShiv Sena
Spouse(s)Rashmi Thackeray
ChildrenAditya Thackeray
Tejas Thackeray
FatherBal Thackeray
RelativesSee Thackeray Family
ResidenceVarsha Bungalow, South Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India[4]
Alma materSir J.J. Institute of Applied Art

Early lifeEdit

Uddhav Thackeray was born on 27 July 1960 as the youngest child of politician Bal Thackeray and his wife Meena Thackeray's three sons.[3][7] He did his schooling from Balmohan Vidyamandir and graduated from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art with photography as his main subject.[8]

Political careerEdit

In 2002, Thackeray started his political career as campaign incharge of Shiv Sena in the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections where the party performed well. In 2003, he was appointed as working president of Shiv Sena. Uddhav took over as chief editor of party mouthpiece Saamana (a daily Marathi-language newspaper published by Shiv Sena) in 2006 and resigned in 2019 before becoming chief minister of Maharashtra.[9]

A split in Shiv Sena happened when his cousin Raj Thackeray left the party in 2006 to form his own party named Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.[10] After the death of his father Bal Thackeray in 2012, he led the party and got elected as Shiv Sena president in 2013, and under his leadership Shiv Sena joined the NDA government in Maharashtra in 2014.[11]

Chief Minister of MaharashtraEdit

According to Prashnam Survey, Uddhav Thackeray was ranked most popular CM in India out of 13 states. According to the survey he was the most Promisimg CM of India.

Though Thackeray never took any constitutional post in his political career initially, however after a brief political crisis, on 28 November 2019 he took the oath as 19th Chief minister of Maharashtra after being elected as the president of the newly formed post-poll coalition Maha Vikas Aghadi.[5][6][12][13]

Personal lifeEdit

Thackeray has taken a keen interest in photography and has exhibited his collection of aerial shots of various forts of Maharashtra at the Jehangir Art Gallery in 2004.[14][15] He has also published photo-books Maharashtra Desh (2010) and Pahava Vitthal (2011), capturing various aspects of Maharashtra and the warkaris during Pandharpur Wari respectively in the two books.[16][17] On 16 July 2012, Uddhav Thackeray was admitted to Lilavati Hospital after he reported chest pain. He underwent an angioplasty and all the three blockages in his arteries were successfully removed.[18]


Thackeray is married to Rashmi Thackeray and has two sons, Aditya and Tejas.[19]

Rashmi Thackeray (née Patankar) is the editor of Saamana and Marmik. She is the daughter of Madhav Patankar who run his family business and comes from a middle-class family and also a RSS member. She lived in suburban Dombivli and did her Bachelor of Commerce degree from V G Vaze College in Mulund. She joined the Life Insurance Corporation of India as a contract employee in 1987. She became the friend of Raj Thackeray 's sister Jaywanti and through her came into contact with Uddhav Thackeray. Later they got married in 1989.[20][21][22]

The elder son Aditya Thackeray is the president of the Yuva Sena. He is serving as Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Environment Government of Maharashtra.[23]

The younger son Tejas Thackeray is an Indian conservationist and wildlife researcher.[19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ As Chief Minister, Thackeray directly handles portfolios for General Administration, Law and the Judiciary, Information and Public Relations, Information Technologies, and any other departments not allocated to another minister.[1]


  1. ^ "Maharashtra: NCP gets Home, Finance as Uddhav allocates portfolios". The New Indian Express. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Uddhav Thackeray, first of his clan, takes oath as chief minister of Maharashtra". India Today. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Up close and personal with Uddhav Thackeray". Rediff.com. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Maharashtra CM's 'Varsha' Bungalow Being Renovated at Rs 92 Lakh: PWD". News18. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Maharashtra swearing-in HIGHLIGHTS: Farmers first; Uddhav sets priority after first cabinet meet". The Indian Express. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Uddhav Thackeray sworn in as 19th CM of Maharashtra: First of family to hold this office, 59-yr-old gets kudos from Modi, Sonia Gandhi". Firstpost. 29 November 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Uddhav Thackeray Oath Ceremony : उद्धव ठाकरे बने महाराष्ट्र के CM, छह कैबिनेट मंत्रियों ने भी ली शपथ". NDTVIndia. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Uddhav Thackeray sworn in as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra". The Economic Times. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Udhav Thackeray quite as Saamna editor". India. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  10. ^ "How A Murder Case Led To Raj Thackeray's Exit From Shiv Sena". HuffPost India. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Maharashtra government formation news". Times of India. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Maharashtra News Live: CM Uddhav Thackeray to take charge of his office today". The Times of India. 29 November 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  13. ^ Deshpande, Tanvi (26 November 2019). "Maharashtra politics: Uddhav Thackeray will be CM for full five years, says Sanjay Raut". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Thackeray's new conquest". India Today. Mumbai. 26 January 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  15. ^ Vijapurkar, Mahesh (14 January 2004). "Uddhav Thackeray and those scenic forts". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 18 September 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  16. ^ Kamath, Naresh (5 August 2010). "Raj, Uddhav slug it out over city's plight". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  17. ^ Chowdhury, Sudeshna (10 May 2011). "An aerial journey". Mid-Day. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  18. ^ "Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray discharged from hospital". The Times of India. 23 July 2012. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014.
  19. ^ a b "Uddhav May Shift to New House After LS Elections". Indian Express. Mumbai. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  20. ^ "Rashmi Thackeray: Behind Uddhav Thackeray's success a woman". The Times of India. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  21. ^ "The rise and rise of Rashmi Thackeray". Kiran Tare. India Today. 5 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Rashmi Thackeray: Mrs Surefire". Vishwas Waghmode. The Indian Express. 8 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  23. ^ Rawal, Swapnil (10 October 2019). "Uddhav Thackeray says younger son Tejas not joining politics". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 25 October 2020.

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