“Remembering Manohar Joshi: Former Maharashtra CM Passes Away at 86”

Manohar Joshi

Manohar Joshi, the former chief minister of Maharashtra, was brought to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at PD Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai on Thursday following a cardiac arrest.

The health of Maharashtra’s former Chief Minister, Manohar Joshi, had been deteriorating due to age-related health complications, and he passed away around 3 a.m. on Friday. He was 86 years old. The Chief Operating Officer of PD Hinduja Hospital, Joy Chakravarti, confirmed the news.

His son, Umesh, said, “He was admitted to the ICU and kept under observation. Wednesday, he had a cardiac episode. He has long suffered from age-related health issues.

“While Manohar Joshi has exemplified remarkable resilience throughout his journey, the shadows of adversity loomed larger since May 2023, when he faced the daunting challenge of a brain hemorrhage, leaving his health in a delicate balance.” As we prepare to honor his legacy with final rites at the Shivaji Park crematorium, his physical remains will first be respectfully brought to our Matunga residence.” . After that, he was brought to Hinduja Hospital’s ICU, where he spent many days in a semi-conscious state.

As doctors held little hope for his recovery, he was advised to return home to his residence in Shivaji Park, where he could receive care.
On December 2, when Joshi turned 86, he was brought to his office in Dadar, where his supporters celebrated his birthday.
“Arriving into this world on the 2nd of December, 1937, amidst the quaint town of Mahad in Maharashtra, Manohar Joshi embarked on his academic journey, culminating in a Civil Engineering degree from the esteemed Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) nestled in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai.”

Joshi’s involvement in RSS

Manohar Joshi’s involvement in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) marked the beginning of his political career; he later joined the Shiv Sena. In the 1980s, Joshi rose to prominence as a Shiv Sena leader and gained notoriety for his capacity to unite and build relationships at the local level.

In 1995 Mr. Joshi was appointed the CM

“1995 marked a pivotal moment in Joshi’s political career as he ascended to the esteemed position of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, a milestone that underscored his enduring impact on the political landscape.” He replaced Sharad Pawar of the Indian National Congress, marking the first time Shiv Sena assumed power in the state.
During the Vajpayee government’s tenure from 2002 to 2004, he was Speaker of the Lok Sabha in addition to being a Member of Parliament.

A complex individual, Joshi was well-known for his administrative and planning abilities, especially in the Shiv Sena, where fidelity to Bal Thackeray, the party’s founder, was paramount.

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Joshi rose from humble beginnings in the village of Nandvi in the Raigad district of Konkan. Despite hardships, he remained committed to his education, often balancing studies with meals provided by neighbors. Joshi attributed his punctuality to the necessity of arriving on time for meals, as tardiness often resulted in neighbors refusing to share food.

After joining Shiv Sena following its formation in 1966, Joshi played a crucial role alongside Bal Thackeray in expanding the party’s presence across the state. Because of his efforts in establishing the Kohinoor Technical Institute, which placed an emphasis on skill development, he was given the nickname “Sar” by students and staff. This moniker eventually spread among Shiv Sena members as a sign of respect.
According to Joshi, the goal of the Shiv Sena’s campaign for workers’ rights was to create job prospects.

Contributions from Bal Thackeray

With contributions from Bal Thackeray, his party was instrumental in helping slum people get back on their feet through the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme.
“The profound understanding between Manohar Joshi and Pramod Mahajan is what made the relationship between Shiv Sena and BJP strong,” BJP National General Secretary Vinod Tawde said in reference to the coalition of the two parties. When our alliance came into power, the decision was made to make Sudhir Joshi the Chief Minister, but a few hours later, the alliance decided to make Manohar Joshi (his uncle) the CM. On many occasions where there were differences between the two parties, he pacified Balasaheb Thackeray and resolved the issues.”


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