The chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, aged 44 (date of birth – July 22, 1970) is the son of late BJP MLC (Member of Legislative Council) Gangadhar Fadnavis and mother Sarika(housewife). He comes from a middle-class Brahmin family. He has an elder brother called Ashish. Devendra is an alumni of the Saraswati Vidyalalay school and had graduated from Government Law College, in Nagpur. He has also done post-graduation in business management.
Starting off as a ABVP worker, at the young age of 22, he was elected as corporator in Nagpur, 1992. In 1997, he became the second youngest mayor in India, as he was elected the mayor of Nagpur at the age of 27. He became the MLA for Nagpur (W) in 1999. He became the state chief for BJP in 2013 and contested for the 2014 election polls, to become elected as the chief minister of Maharashtra.
Devendra Fadnavis has won the Best Legislator Award for the Maharashtra State Assembly for dissecting annual budgets in a simplistic yet comprehensive manner. He has also written a book known as ‘How to understand and read state budget’. He won the award for ‘Best Parlimentarian- Maharashtra Legislative Assembly’ in 2003. A person with an avid interest in Bollywood movies, sports and travelling, he ensures that he keeps a good work-life balance.
Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta Ranade works in the banking sector; she is the vice-president of Axis Bank in Nagpur. The couple married in 2006 and are parents to the five year old Divija. Amruta comes from a medical background, with both her parents being doctors.