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Ex-Maharashtra CM Manohar Joshi, Dies At 86

Ex-Maharashtra CM Manohar Joshi, Dies At 86
Shiv Sena Leader Manohar Joshi Passes Away at 86

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena stalwart Manohar Joshi passed away today at a Mumbai hospital at the age of 86. Joshi was admitted to Hinduja Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on February 21 after suffering a cardiac arrest and breathed his last around 3 am on Friday.

Joshi, affectionately known as Joshi Sir, was the first chief minister of the undivided Shiv Sena, serving from 1995 to 1999. He also held the position of Lok Sabha Speaker from 2002 to 2005. He graduated as a civil engineer from the prestigious Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) in Mumbai.

Political Stalwart and Distinguished Career

Beginning his political journey after his stint with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Joshi joined Shiv Sena in 1967. He served as a municipal councillor and later as the Mayor of Mumbai from 1976 to 1977. Joshi’s political career flourished as he was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1990 and became the Leader of the Opposition.

After winning the general elections in 1999, he was appointed the Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. His pinnacle achievement came when he assumed the role of Maharashtra’s chief minister.

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Despite his withdrawal from active politics in recent years, Joshi’s legacy as a statesman and dedicated public servant remains deeply ingrained in Maharashtra’s political history.

Condolences and Legacy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at Joshi’s passing, acknowledging his contributions to various capacities. Joshi’s legacy extends beyond his political achievements, as he was one of Balasaheb Thackeray’s trusted confidants. His political journey began as a councillor in the Maharashtra Legislative Council under the Shiv Sena banner, followed by serving as the Mayor of Mumbai from 1976 to 1977.

Funeral Arrangements and Last Rites

Joshi’s demise was confirmed by his son Unmesh, who mentioned that Joshi had been battling prolonged age-related health issues. The funeral procession for Joshi will commence after 2 pm, with cremation at Dadar crematorium accompanied by state honours.


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