Sushil Ku­mar Shinde new Home Min­is­ter


Fol­low­ing the elec­tion of Pranab Mukher­jee as the 13th Pres­i­dent of In­dia and the Fi­nance Min­is­ter’s slot open­ing up, the Prime Min­is­ter has ef­fected a mi­nor cab­i­net reshuf­fle. The fi­nance port­fo­lio has gone back to P. Chi­dambaram, while Sushil Ku­mar Shinde has been made the Min­is­ter for Home, mov­ing from the Power Mmin­istry.

Shinde be­gan his ca­reer first as an of­fice as­sis­tant in a lo­cal court and then as a po­lice sub-in­spec­tor in Mum­bai. Shinde grad­u­ated with hon­ours in arts from

the Dayanand Col­lege and then ob­tained a law de­gree from Shivaji Univer­sity.

It was Sharad Pawar who brought Shinde in to ac­tive pol­i­tics in 1971. While Pawar parted ways with the Congress, Shinde re­mained loyal. He won his first elec­tion in 1974 from Kar­mala and be­came a min­is­ter. From then on, Shinde never looked back and went on to win four suc­ces­sive elec­tions. In 1992 and 2006, he was elected to the Ra­jya Sabha. In 2003, he be­came Ma­ha­rash­tra’s first Dalit Chief Min­is­ter. In 2004 af­ter the Congress won elec­tions in Ma­ha­rash­tra, Shinde was made the Gover­nor of Andhra Pradesh which he held for about a year.

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