Anil Deshmukh is the Home Minister of Maharashtra and belongs to the Nationalist Congress Party. He was also a member of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. He represents the Katol Vidhan Sabha constituency.
Anil Vasantrao Deshmukh was born on 9 May 1950 (age 71 years; as of 2021) in Katol, Maharashtra. His zodiac sign is Taurus. Anil finished his schooling at Katol High School and went to Agriculture College, Nagpur to pursue his B. Sc. degree followed by an M. Sc. degree. With his interests in politics, Anil started working as the chairman of Nagpur Zila Parishad in the initial years of his political career.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
Anil Deshmukh has a sister.
Wife & Children
Anil Deshmukh got married to Aarti Deshmukh, and they have two sons together- Hrishikesh and Salil Deshmukh.
In 1995, Anil contested elections for the Maharashtra state assembly from the Katol constituency as an independent candidate. Anil joined the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition government in 1995.
Anil Deshmukh was appointed as the Minister of State for School Education, Higher & Technical Education, and Cultural Affairs in Maharashtra. He banned the practice of private coaching classes carried out by teachers who were working in regular service of Government or Private Schools. He also initiated a drive that was aimed at reducing the weight of school bags. He also started the ‘Bhushan Award,’ the highest and prestigious civilian award of Maharashtra state which was presented by the state government annually.
From 1999 to 2001
After winning the elections, Anil Deshmukh was appointed as the Minister of State for School Education, Information and Public Relations, Sports and Youth Welfare. During this time, he passed the order to begin the construction of India’s second-largest air-conditioned indoor sports stadium at Nagpur.
From 2001 to 2004
In 2001, he was appointed as the Cabinet Minister for State Excise, Food, & Drugs in Maharashtra. He passed the law in the state to ban the sale and purchase of gutkha as it contains carcinogens that have grim effects on a person’s health.
From 2004 to 2008
Anil Deshmukh became the Minister of Public Works (Public Undertakings) for Maharashtra. While working as the PWD minister, he looked after the Bandra Worli Sea Link project. The 4.7 km long, twin 4-lane bridge has proved to be another world-class landmark in the country.
From 2009 to 2014
In 2009, he was the Minister of Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Protection in Maharashtra. He offered to introduce a Biometric Card System for ration card holders under the public distribution system. Along with this, he also proposed an end to end computerization of the Public Distribution System. He also introduced the stock monitoring system for essential commodities which was made available online at any given time. This monitoring service has helped in improving the delivery service of the goods. The trucks being used for the delivery of PDS commodities were given a specific colour to differentiate them from the other transporting trucks,
After his defeat in the 2014 elections, Anil Deshmukh won the 2019 elections and became the Minister of Home Affairs in Maharashtra. He gave self-balancing electric scooters to the Mumbai police to help them on patrolling duty. He also declared Rs. 50 lakhs ex gratia for the families of the police personnel who lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mumbai police also received several drones to look out for lockdown violators in densely populated areas and slum areas.
In 2021, former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh filed a plea in the Supreme Court requesting a CBI investigation into the various corrupt practices of the Minister of Home Affairs, Anil Deshmukh. The allegations against Home Minister Anil Deshmukh came days after the Ambani Bomb Scare case investigation. Earlier, Sachin Vaze was arrested for his involvement in the case and a possible connection in the murder of Mansukh Hiren. Param Bir Singh submitted a letter in a press conference stating that Anil Deshmukh had asked Sachin Vaze to collect Rs. 100 crore every month from around 1750 bars, restaurants, and other establishments in Mumbai. Anil Deshmukh asked Sachin Vaze to collect Rs. 2-3 lakhs every month from these 1750 establishments making a total of Rs. 40-50 crore every month.
In response to the letter, Anil Deshmukh tried to defend himself and said-
This is a conspiracy by Param Bir Singh to derail the investigation into the explosives case and the suspicious death of Mansukh Hiren. The Chief Minister should conduct an impartial inquiry into the allegations. It is an attempt to defame me and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.”
Anil Deshmukh also said that if Param Bir fails to prove his claims, Anil will file a defamation case against him. He further said-
Sensing trouble in the explosives case, Singh has levelled baseless allegations to blackmail the government,”
Anil Deshmukh owns a cream colour Ford Endeavour.
As of 2019, Anil Deshmukh’s net worth is approximately Rs. 19.5 crore.
- In December 2020, Anil Deshmukh and his wife performed the ‘kanyadaan,’ a ritual of offering the bride’s hand to a groom, of a speech and hearing impaired orphan in Nagpur.
- Anil Deshmukh met the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar regarding the whole incident. Later, Sharad Pawar defended Anil Deshmukh saying that the allegations are not credible and proper investigation should be done of the case.
- In his leisure time, Anil Deshmukh spends time with his family. Anil Deshmukh also loves adventure sports.
- Anil Deshmukh is very active on his social media accounts and he regularly posts updates regarding the work done by the police force and other news. He also posts videos of his visits for social work, videos from his conferences and meetings.
- On 31st December 2020, Anil Deshmukh spent the night at the Pune City control room and attended the phone calls that night. He also celebrated New Year’s eve with the police personnel.