Bharatiya Janta Party Maharashtra state's chief Devendra Fadnavis was born on July 22, 1970. Fadnavis, who turns a year older today spent his younger days in Nagpur and post his appointment as the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra he moved to Mumbai. Through his hard work and commitment to serve people, Fadnavis quickly rose through the ranks and carved a name for himself in the world of politics.
In picture: Devendra and Amruta Fadnavis engross in a secret conversation!
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is a man who wears many hats. A dedicated politician, family man, intelligent politician, master strategist are few of the facets of his illustrious yet colourful life.
In picture: Devendra Fadnavis wife Amruta and daughter Divija enjoy an event in Mumbai.
Devendra Fadnavis tied the knot with Amruta Fadnavis in December 2005. The couple has been married for more than 13 years now and has a daughter named Divija Fadnavis.
In picture: Devendra and Amruta Fadnavis offer prayers at the temple of Lord Vitthal, Pandharpur in Solapur district.
Touted as the power couple of Maharashtra, Devendra and Amruta Fadnavis have been a constant support for each other. Amruta has stood by her husband in his political journey, while Devendra Fadnavis hasn't shied away and has shown equal support of Amruta’s career and ambitions. After becoming the Chief Minister of Maharashtra many expected Amruta to take a sabbatical but Devendra Fadnavis backed his wife's decision to pursue her career as a bank manager.
Devendra Fadnavis completed his Law graduation from Nagpur University. Besides having a law degree, Fadnavis also has a business management degree and a project management diploma from the German Foundation for International Development, Berlin.
In picture: Devendra Fadnavis enjoys the snowfall in Switzerland!
Devendra Fadnavis started his political career by joining the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Fadnavis won his first municipal election from Ram Nagar ward in Nagpur and five years later Fadnavis became the youngest mayor of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. He even went on to create history by becoming the second youngest mayor in the history of India.
From 1999 to 2014, Devendra Fadnavis served as the Vidhan Sabha representative of Nagpur in the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra State. He was elected as an MLA for four consecutive terms. Post his win in 2014, Fadnavis was made the legislative party leader by the BJP MLAs and as BJP emerged as the biggest party in the 2014 Vidhan Sabha elections, he was appointed as the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra on October 31, 2014. At the time of taking over as the CM of Maharashtra, he became the second youngest chief minister of the state at the age of 44.
While Devendra Fadnavis is the second youngest chief minister of Maharashtra, his wife Amruta Fadnavis became the youngest first lady of the state. Their daughter Divija is the youngest-ever occupant of the Chief Minister's official bungalow 'Varsha' which is located in South Mumbai.
In picture: An elated Devendra Fadnavis poses for a picture with wife Amruta and daughter Divija post the Holi celebrations.
Did you know that Devendra Fadnavis was also a model? Yes, you heard us right. Back in 2006, Devendra Fadnavis had modelled for a garment shop in his hometown Nagpur and the ad campaign was a huge success. He pursued modelling on request of his childhood friend and photographer Vivek Ranade.
Devendra and Amruta Fadnavis often attend political and social events together. In 2018, the couple featured together in a music video, titled, 'Mumbai River Anthem'
In picture: Devendra and Amruta Fadnavis cast their votes during the 2017 corporation elections!
As a student, Devendra Fadnavis refused to study at the local Indira Convent school in Nagpur because his father Gangadhar Fadnavis was jailed during Indira Gandhi's Emergency in India back from 1975 to 1977. Instead of studying in the convent school, he opted to pursue his education at the RSS run Saraswati Vidyalaya where he did most of his schooling from.
Devendra Fadnavis was awarded the Best Parliamentarian Award by Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in 2002-03. He received the prestigious Nag Bhushan award for his outstanding work for the cause of Vidarbha for the year 2016.
In the picture, Devendra Fadnavis, wife Amruta, and daughter Divija celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights at Varsha in South Mumbai.
In picture: Devendra Fadnavis and family welcome the idol of Lord Ganesha home during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
In picture: Devendra Fadnavis and his wife Amruta Fadnavis at the Mumbai Marathon
In picture: Devendra Fadnavis and wife pose with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. While sharing this picture on Instagram, Amruta wrote: Kartas of Maharashtra!
Devendra Fadnavis is also an author and poet. Fadnavis has written three books till date and his book 'How To Understand and Read the State Budget', indicates his intellect and political acumen that he possesses as a politician and strong visionary.
In picture: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and wife Amruta are seen along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event.
Devendra Fadnavis who is known for getting things done has now become a popular Icon among the youth of Maharashtra.
In picture: Devendra Fadnavis celebrates Raksha Bandhan with sisters from BJP Minority cell at his official residence in Mumbai.
In pic: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, wife Amruta Fadnavis share a hearty laugh with Bollywood celeb Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Singh as they pose for the cameras at the Umang 2019 festival held in Mumbai.
In the picture, Devendra Fadnavis is all smiling upon meeting Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar when the two discussed to talk about Sachin's plan for drought relief in Marathwada region in 2016.
In the picture, Devendra Fadnavis, wife Amruta, and daughter Divija celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at their residence Varsha in South Mumbai.
In picture: Devendra and Amruta Fadnavis extend a warm greeting of Diwali to Hon Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Maharashtra in Mumbai.
In the picture, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, wife Amruta, actor Riteish Deshmukh and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray have a gala time at an event in Mumbai.
In the picture, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu take part in the Internation Yoga Day event held at Yoga Park, Bandra Reclamation in Mumbai.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis holds on to a football at the inauguration of Maharashtra's Mission 1 Million Movement to support FIFA U17 World Cup and to popularise football amongst the youth of the state.
In picture: Devendra and Amruta Fadnavis pose with yoga guru Baba Ramdev at an event in Mumbai.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is a staunch politician, an intelligent person, and a family man. He emerged as the face of Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 Maharashtra state elections and became the second-youngest Chief Minister of the state after Sharad Pawar. As Devendra Fadnavis turns a year older today, we trace his journey in pictures. (All Pictures/Instagram Devendra Fadnavis, Amruta Fadnavis)
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