Varsha Gaikwad

Varsha Eknath Gaikwad is an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress party, who was the Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra from 30 December 2019 to 29 June 2022.

She is a four term Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing the Dharavi Assembly Constituency in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Personal life

Varsha Gaikwad's father is Eknath Gaikwad, who was a three term Member of parliament.

She belongs to an Ambedkarite Buddhist family. She was lecturer in Siddharth College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai.


Positions held

Positions held 2004 – 2009: Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (1st term) 2009 – 2014: Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (2nd term) 2009-2010: State Minister for Medical Education, Higher and Technical Education, Tourism, Special Assistance 2010 – 2014: Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development, Government of Maharashtra 2014 – 2019: Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (3rd term) 2019 – current: Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (4th term)

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Education

BSc, Jhunjhunwala College, Ghatkopar, Mumbai University, 1998 MSc in Mathematics, Institute of Science, Mumbai University, 2000 Bachelor of Education, Bombay Teachers Training College, Mumbai University, 2001

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Offices Held

2004-Present Indian National Congress Member, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly 2010-2014 Indian National Congress Minister of State, Women and Child Development 2009-2010 Indian National Congress Minister of State, Higher and Technical Education, Medical Education, Tourism and Special Assistance Varsha Gaikwad has also worked with organizations such as Pratham Sanstha and Sneha Sanstha.

Varsha Gaikwad becomes first woman chief of Mumbai Congress

Gaikwad is one of only four Congress MLAs in Mumbai. The party does not have a single MP in the total six constituencies in Mumbai.

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