New Maharashtra CM: Who is Modi's favourite Devendra Fadnavis?

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Devendra Fadnavis
Mumbai, Oct 28: 44-year-old Devendra Fadnavis finally took oath as the 27th Chief Minister of Maharashtra. His swearing-in ceremony at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai was a star-studded event.

Beginning from Mukesh, Anil Ambani to Ratan Tata, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi to director Madhur Bhandarkar -- all were present at the historical ceremony when BJP formed its first ever government in Maharashtra.

Young Fadnavis, who was a known face within Maharashtra, rose to fame soon after BJP's extraordinary performance in the recently held assembly elections in the state.

He is known to be very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Close party sources were quoted as saying, "he (PM) wants to give an opportunity to a young and studious face and Fadnavis fits in that role. He is not involved in any corruption or scam."

"He is a dynamic leader. Therefore, we slowly started putting his face along with Modiji's in all television advertisements," sources added while speaking about Modi's support to Fadnavis.

Who is this young leader who has become the 27th Chief Minister of Maharashtra?

Name: Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis

Date of Birth: July 22, 1970

Age: 44

Father: Gangadharrao Fadnavis, a former MLC from Nagpur. He was the political guru of Nitin Gadkari.

Mother: Sarita Fadnavis

Spouse: Amruta Fadnavis

Children: Divija Fadnavis

Educational Qualification: He has a degree in Law from Law College Nagpur.

He has Post Graduate Degree in Business Management and a diploma in Project Management from DSE (German Foundation for International Development), Berlin.

Early Life: Devendra Fadnavis, who belongs to a middle class Deshastha Bhramin family, joined RSS in his childhood.

He was an active ABVP member during 1986 to 1989.

Political Career: He joined politics in 1992. Nitin Gadkari helped him to come into active politics in Maharashtra.

Fadnavis's major role in politics: He is currently the BJP president in Maharashtra. He was the General Secretary, BJP Maharashtra Pradesh in 2010.

He had become Mayor, City Nagpur twice. He was Member, Nagpur Municipal Corporation from 1992 to 2001.

What do his friends say about Fadnavis?

According to a report published in NDTV, his friends believe that his politics is not about confrontation. He is a meticulous planner and a stickler for detail.

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