Vijay Namdevrao Wadettiwar

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Vijay Wadettiwar
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Cabinet Minister
Government of Maharashtra
Assumed office
30 December 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief MinisterUddhav Thackeray
27th Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
In office
24 June 2019 – 9 November 2019
Preceded byRadhakrishna Vikhe Patil
Succeeded byDevendra Fadnavis
Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
19 October 2014
Preceded byAtul Deshkar
Personal details
Political partyIndian National Congress

Vijay Namdevrao Wadettiwar is an Indian politician and Cabinet Minister of Other backward class welfare, disaster management, relief & rehabilitation in the Government of Maharashtra in India.[1] He is a prominent and stronghold leader from the Indian National Congress Party. He is one of the most influential[2] leaders of Indian National Congress Maharashtra with strong public support from his homeground in Naxalite infected area of Chandrapur and Gadchiroli. He formerly represented Shivsena, then in 2009 elections he contested on Indian National Congress ticket and won with a majority of more than 50,000 votes from Chimur legislative constituency. Vijay Wadettiwar is the most trustworthy OBC VJNT leader in Maharashtra.[3]

Political career

The Congress has rewarded Vijay Wadettiwar by nominating him as the lower house leader last week. Following the resignation of Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who moved to the BJP and was immediately awarded a ministerial vacancy in Devendra Fadnavis' cabinet, the job of leader of the opposition, which carries ministerial rank, became vacant. [4]

District level

  • 1980-1981: Started political career as a grass root level worker with NSUI
  • 1991-1993: Z.P. Counselor of Zilla Parishad, Gadchiroli
  • 2010-2011: Chairman District Central Co-Operative Bank, Chandrapur


  • 1998-2004: MLC from Gadchiroli for Shivsena

Minister of state India

  • 2008-2009: Minister of State for Irrigation, Tribal Welfare, Environment and Forest, in the Minister of Council headed by Ashok Chavan
  • 2009-2010: Re-elected as M.L.A. from Chimur, constituency with a margin of 30,500 votes
  • 2009-2010 Nov.: Minister of State for Irrigation, Energy, Finance & Planning Parliamentary Affairs, in the Ministry headed by Ashokrao Chavan



  • Leader of the Opposition Legislative Assembly Maharashtra, Congress (I)


  • 2004-2009: Member of Legislative Assembly Maharashtra (M.L.A.) from Chimur constituency for Shivsena
  • 2014–2019: Elected as M.L.A. from Congress (I) 73-Bramhapuri constituency by 15,000 votes. Bramhapuri constituency had BJP and Independent MLA since 1980 to 2014 (34 years)
  • Member of O.B.C. Committee, Legislative Assembly Maharashtra
  • 2019- Member of Legislative Assembly Maharashtra (M.L.A.) 73-Bramhapuri constituency Maharashtra.

External links


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 December 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Congress rally in Chandrapur draws big crowd but turnout thin at parallel rally". 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Maharashtra leaders angry over Centre's decision to not share OBC data - The New Indian Express".
  4. ^ "Vijay Wadettiwar is Opposition leader in Assembly". the times of India. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2022.