Uddhav Thackeray Wiki, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Last Updated on July 29, 2021

Uddhav Bal Thackeray (born 27 July 1960) is an Indian politician serving as the 19th and current Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He is also the president of Shiv Sena.

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19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Incumbent
Assumed office
28 November 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
DeputyAjit Pawar
Preceded byDevendra Fadnavis
Additional ministries
Leader of the House of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
28 November 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
SpeakerNana Patole
Deputy LeaderAjit Pawar
Preceded byDevendra Fadnavis
Leader of the House Legislative Council
Maharashtra
Incumbent
Assumed office
18 May 2020
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
ChairmanRamraje Naik Nimbalkar
Deputy LeaderSubhash Desai
Preceded byChandrakant Patil
Member of Legislative Council
Maharashtra
Incumbent
Assumed office
14 May 2020
ConstituencyElected by MLAs
President of Shiv Sena
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 January 2013
Working President (2003–13)
Preceded byBal Thackeray
President of Maha Vikas Aghadi
Incumbent
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
BornUddhav Bal Thackeray
27 July 1960 (age 60)
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
Alma materSir J.J. Institute of Applied Art

Early life

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

Political career

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.

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. 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.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra

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.

Personal life

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. 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. 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.

Family

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

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.

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.

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

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