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Remembering Former Maharashtra CM Manohar Joshi

The passing of former Maharashtra Chief Minister and ex-Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi has left a significant void in Indian politics, particularly within the Shiv Sena. Joshi, popularly known as “Joshi Sir,” was a trusted aide of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray and served as the first Chief Minister of the undivided Shiv Sena from 1995 to 1999.

He played a pivotal role in Maharashtra politics, leading a non-Congress government and later serving as Union Heavy Industries Minister and Lok Sabha Speaker. Despite criticism and challenges, Joshi earned respect for his restrained demeanor and dedication to public service, earning him the affectionate monikers of ‘Sir’ and ‘Pant’ among Shiv Sainiks. His passing marks the end of an era and leaves behind a legacy of leadership and commitment to Maharashtra’s development.