Arvind Sawant Wiki, Profile, Family Update.
Constituency: Mumbai South
Born/Date of Birthday: 31 December 1951
Place of Birth: Harkul Khurd, Distt. Sindhudurg, Maharashtra
Political party: Shiv Sena
Educational Qualifications: B.Sc. (Subsidiary)
Educated at: Bhavan's College; Andheri, Mumbai
Profession: Social Worker, Trade Unionist
Marital Status: Married
Date of Marriage: 25 May 1982
Spouse's Name: Smt. Anuya Arvind Sawant
No. of Sons: 1
No.of Daughters: 1
Parents: Shri Ganpat Pandurang Sawant, Mother's Name Smt. Aashalata Ganpat Sawant
Permanent Address: 3/87, Mithibai Bldg., Aacharya Donde Marg, Sewrie, Mumbai-400015, Maharashtra
Tel: (022) 24184488, 09869004488 (M)
Arvind Ganpat Sawant (born 31 December 1951) is an Indian politician from the Shiv Sena party. He had been the Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises since 2019 and a Member of Lok Sabha since 2014. On 11 November 2019, Sawant quit as union minister in Modi government due to ongoing power tussle between Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena in follow up to 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election.
Sawant was born on 31 December 1951 to Ganpat Pandurag and Aashalata Ganpat Sawant. He has received a B. Sc. degree from Bhavan's College of Mumbai. His family are middle-class. Prior to joining politics, he worked as an engineer with the state-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, the largest landline provider in Mumbai and Delhi.
In 1968, Sawant started his political career with Shiv Sena as a 'gat pramukh', the lowest rank of the party hierarchy. During this time, he worked as a polling agent and also participated in various protests which were organized by the party. He also joined Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samiti, which worked to demand jobs for the local people.
In 1995, Sawant took voluntary retirement and joined Shiv Sena. In 1996, he was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Council. In the council, he raised issues pertaining to slum development, demanded prominence for Marathi language, and demanded housing for the mill workers. Although he managed to get elected to the council twice, he lost the election during his third attempt as the party was short of numbers in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation. In 2010, he was made the deputy leader and the official spokesperson of the party. During his tenure as the party spokesperson, he defended the party in news channel debates at a time when the party was criticised for its policy on migrants to Mumbai.
In the 2014 Indian general election, the party announced that Sawant would contest from the Mumbai South constituency. He was considered a "weak candidate" by India Today compared to his main competitor, Milind Deora of the Indian National Congress party. Sawant defeated Deora by a margin of approximately 120,000 votes. His attendance record in the Lok Sabha was more than 90%. He was also one of the members who presented the highest number of private-member bills. He served as a member of the Estimates Committee, Standing committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and Committee on Estimates.
In the 2019 Indian general election, Sawant defeated Deora by more than 100,000 votes. Subsequently, he was made the minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. On 11 November 2019 he had to resign from the Modi government cabinet because of power tussle between Shivsena and BJP.
On 25 May 1982, Sawant married Anuya Arvind Sawant. They have one son and one daughter.
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