Eknath Sambhaji Shinde (born 9 February 1964 ) is an Indian politician currently serving as the 20th  Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He was earlier the Cabinet Minister of  Urban Development and Public Works (Public Undertakings) in the Government Of Maharashtra.    He is a  Member of Legislative Assembly from Kopri-Pachpakhadi constituency of Thane, Maharashtra. He has been elected consecutively for 4 terms in the  Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019. 
Eknath Shinde hails from the
Jawali taluka in Satara, Maharashtra, and belongs to the Maratha community. His family moved to Thane, in the outskirts of Mumbai, in order to earn a living. Eknath studied till 11th standard at Mangala High School & Junior College, Thane.  Shinde left education in early years to support his family however he resumed his studies in 2014 after joining the  government ministry. He graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University in 2020 with 77.25% score.  
Shinde used to drive an
autorickshaw to support his family.
Shinde was introduced to politics by then
Thane Shivsena President Anand Dighe in early 1980. Shinde became successor to Dighe's legacy after his death in 2001.  He is elected as  Member of Legislative Assembly since 2004 for four consecutive terms.
Thane Municipal Corporation
1997 : Elected to
Thane Municipal Corporation as a corporator for the first time 2001 : Elected to the post of the leader of the house in Thane Municipal Corporation.
 2002 : Elected to Thane Municipal Corporation for the second time
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly & ministries
2004 : Elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the first time 2005 : Appointed the Thane district head of Shiv Sena. First MLA to have been appointed at such a coveted post in the party
2009 : Elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the 2nd time 
2014 : Elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the 3rd time 
 October 2014 - December 2014: Leader of opposition
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly** 2014 - 2019: Cabinet Minister of PWD (PU) in Maharashtra State Government  2014 - 2019: Guardian minister of
Thane District 2018 : Appointed Leader of
Shiv Sena Party  2019: Cabinet Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare ( Marathi: सार्वजनिक आरोग्य आणि कुटुंब कल्याण) in Maharashtra State Government  2019 : Elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the fourth consecutive time
2019: Appointed minister of Urban Development and Public Works (Public Undertakings)
 2019: Appointed Minister of Home Affairs(Acting)(28 November 2019 - 30 December 2019)
2020: Appointed guardian minister of Thane district 
Role in 2022 Maharashtra political crisis
Shinde was in favor of breaking the
Maha Vikas Aghadi and reestablishing alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party. He requested  Uddhav Thackeray to break the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance due to ideological differences and unfair treatment by Congress Party and NCP. His fellow Shiv Sena members said that their complaints were ignored by the  Uddhav Thackeray and Uddhav favored Congress Party and NCP over his own Shiv Sena members.  Shinde gathered 2/3rd members from his party to support his request.  The  crisis began on 21 June 2022 when Shinde and several other MLAs of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition moved to Surat in BJP-governed Gujarat, throwing the coalition into a chaos.  
As a result of Shinde's revolt,  Uddhav Thackeray resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Maharashtra and said that he will also resign from the Maharashtra Legislative Council. 
Shinde successfully reestablished BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister, with  Bharatiya Janata Party's Devendra Fadnavis as the Deputy Chief Minister. 
Shinde is married to Lata Shinde.
On 2 June 2000, their son Dipesh (aged 11) and daughter Shubhada (aged 7) went boating in a lake near their native village in Maharashtra. The boat overturned and both the children died by drowning. Shinde went into depression for several months.
Anand Dighe provided emotional support to Shinde and entrusted him with greater responsibility in order to keep his mind occupied and away from depression.
Their surviving child, Dr.
Shrikant Shinde, is an orthopaedic surgeon who has also been the elected Member of Parliament to the Lok Sabha from the Kalyan constituency since 2014 (re-elected in 2019).
a 2022 Indian Marathi-language biographical drama film by Dharmaveer, Pravin Tarde, covered Anand Dighe and Eknath Shinde's life.  Kshitij Date played the role of Eknath Shinde. 
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