Vasantrao Naik

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Vasantrao Naik
4th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
In office
5 December 1963 – 20 February 1975
Preceded byP. K. Sawant
Succeeded byShankarrao Chavan
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Washim
In office
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byGhulam Nabi Azad
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
In office
Succeeded bySudhakarrao Naik
ConstituencyPusad (Vidhan Sabha constituency)
Personal details
Born(1913-07-01)1 July 1913
Gahuli, yavatmal, Maharashtra, India
Died18 August 1979(1979-08-18) (aged 66)
Spouse(s)Vatsala Vasantrao Naik
Alma materMorris College, Nagpur
Nagpur University

Vasantrao Phulsing Naik (1 July 1913 – 18 August 1979) was an Indian politician who served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 1963 until 1975. To this date, he remains as the longest-serving Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Also, he had a credit to return to power after completion of full five years. Vasantrao Naik is pioneer of green revolution and white revolution.


He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh during 1952-1957, of the then bilingual Bombay State during 1957-1960 and of Maharashtra during 1960 to 1977. In 1952, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Revenue in the Government of Madhya Pradesh. He was made Minister for Cooperation in 1957 and, later, Minister for Agriculture in the Government of Bombay State. From 1960 to 1963, he was Minister for Revenue in the Government of Maharashtra.

After the death of Marotrao Kannamwar, Naik was elected Chief Minister of Maharashtra, a post which he held for more than eleven years during 1963-1975. He is considered the father of the Green Revolution in Maharashtra. The industrialization of Maharashtra is largely the legacy of his progressive industrial policies.

He was also elected to the 6th Lok Sabha from Washim in 1977.[1]


V. P. Naik died in Singapore on 18 August 1979.[2] Later his nephew Sudhakarrao Naik also became Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Many journalists and experts of political studies attribute the rise of right wing party Shiv Sena in the 1970s to his policy of building up the Shiv Sena as a counterweight to the communist-led labour unions in Mumbai.


He was the founder and Managing Committee member of the Janta Shikshan Prasarak Mandal and the Babasaheb Naik College of Engineering, Pusad.[3] The Shri Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College in Yavatmal city of Maharashtra state, was named in his honour. The 2015 Marathi film Mahanayak vasant tu, starring Chinmay Mandlekar, is his biopic.[4]


  1. ^ "6th Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile".
  2. ^ "Indian VIP dies". The Straits Times. 21 August 1979. p. 11.
  3. ^ JSPM and BNCOE board or members
  4. ^ Bhanage, Mihir (30 November 2015). "Mahanayak Vasant Tu Movie Review". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
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