Chhagan Bhujbal is an Indian politician of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from the state of Maharashtra.
Early Life & Background
Bhujbal was born on 15th October 1947 in Nashik. He lost his parents at an early age, and so, he shifted to Mumbai, and stayed with his maternal grandmother. He had a very tough childhood. He completed his schooling from a Municipal School, and later, studied in Elphinstone Technical School in 8th standard. Then, he joined Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute (VJTI) to pursue a diploma course in Mechanical Engineering.
Journey in Politics
After completing his course, Bhujbal attended a program organised by Shivsena to shape his career. During that period, Shivsena was fighting for the job security for the Marathi people. Bhujbal was highly inspired by the philosophy of Shivsena, and soon, he became an active member of the party. In a short span of time, he was offered the post of Shakha Pramukh (Branch Head) of Shivsena from Anjirwadi. In 1973, he became the Corporator of the party from Mazgaon area.
In 1985, Bhujbal became the Mayor of Mumbai for the first time. In 1991, he once again became the Mayor of Mumbai. Along with being the Mayor of the city, he was also an MLS in Maharashtra Assembly. While being a Mayor, he started a campaign ‘Sundar Mumbai, Marathi Mumbai’, which was aimed to make Mumbai more beautiful. Meanwhile, he also started the first Shakha of Shivsena in Nashik.
In 1991, due to differences within the party, Bhujbal left Shivsena and joined Congress as a Cabinet Minister under the guidance of Sharad Pawar. In October 1999, Bhujbal became the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the first time. He was the fifth Deputy Chief of Maharashtra. In the same month, he also became the Minister of Home Affairs. However in 2003, he gave his resignation from the post of Deputy Chief Minister, when his followers attacked on Zee Marathi’s office for involving Bhujbal in fake stamp paper scam.
In November 2004, Bhujbal became the Minister of Public Works which was succeeded by incumbent. In the same year, he contested the Vidhan Sabha elections from Yeola Constituency and won it. In December 2008, he once again became the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra and continued till November 2010. In 2009, he once again emerged victory from the Yeola Constituency. He developed Yeola and helped the growth of many industries like vegetable farming and agro-based industries. He also started educational facilities and built ‘MET Bhujbal Knowledge City’ in Nashik. Currently, Bhujbal is the Public Works & Special Assistance Department of Maharashtra State. He is also the Guardian Minister of Nashik District and a Member of Legislative Assembly.
Bhujbal is the owner of Mumbai Education Trust (MET), which is located in Bandra, Mumbai. He has also built the branch of MET in Nashik, known as ‘Bhujbal Knowledge City’. He also owns a furniture business.