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Yashwantrao Chavan

Yashwantrao Chavan
Personal data
Political partyIndian National Congress (Before 1977; 1981 1984)
Other partyIndian National Congress-Urs (1977)
Janata Party (1977 1978)
Indian National Congress-Socialist (1978 1981)
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai
Prime ministerCharan Singh
Prime ministerCharan Singh
Prime ministerIndira Gandhi
Prime ministerIndira Gandhi
Minister of Defence
In office14 November 1962 - 14 November 1966
Prime ministerJawaharlal Nehru
Gulzarilal Nanda (Acting)
Lal Bahadur Shastri
Gulzarilal Nanda (Acting)
Indira Gandhi
Succeeded bySardar Swaran Singh
Preceded byJawaharlal Nehru
GovernorSri Prakasa
Paramasiva Subbarayan
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

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Yashwantrao Balwantrao Chavan (12 March 1913 - 25 November 1984) was the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra after the division of Bombay State and the fifth Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was a strong Congress leader, Cooperative leader, social activist and writer. He was popularly known as Leader of Common People. He advocated socialist democracy in his speeches and articles and was instrumental in establishing co-operatives in Maharashtra for the betterment of the farmers.


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