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Balasaheb Thorat
Minister of Revenue, and Khar Lands of Maharashtra State  India
Preceded by Narayan Rane
Constituency Sangamner (Vidhan Sabha constituency)
Personal details
Born 07 Feb 1953
Jorve, Sangamner Taluka of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
Residence Sangamner Dist Ahmednagar

Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat (Marathi: बाळासाहेब भाऊसाहेब थोरात) (7 Feb 1953), is a leader of farmers and Indian National Congress legislator. He is well known in the cooperative movement, as the founder of the Sangamner Cooperative Sugar Mill and Milk Cooperative, and former president of the Sangamner District and State Cooperative Bank. He is recognized for his constructive work in Sangamner taluka and Akole taluka. He has founded cooperative educational institutions in Sangamner. Previously, he served as Minister of Agriculture and as Minister of Revenue, and Khar Lands in the Government of Maharashtra.[1]

Dandakaranya Movement[edit]

Concerned about global warming, aridity and deforestation, Bhausaheb Thorat led a campaign to plant 45 million trees every year in Maharashtra. In the epic Ramayana, the sage Agastya turned the arid Dandakaranya into a green heaven through a massive drive of tree planting. A book, The Man Who Planted Trees, an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, also inspired Bhausaheb Thorat. For this he launched the Dandakaranya Abhiyaan in June 2006 at Sangamner.[2]


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Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & Analysis
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:27:29 -0700

The multi-cornered contest actually helped some ministers — Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Balasaheb Thorat, Vijay Vadettiwar, Rajendra Mulak Patangrao Kadam, Varsha Gaikwad, Naseem Khan (in addition to Chavan), who all retained their seats. The party ...

Deccan Chronicle

Deccan Chronicle
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:22:30 -0700

Other contenders from the Congress include Balasaheb Thorat, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Patangrao Kadam. However, state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis has said that his party would consider NCP's offer of the outside support. In that case, Shiv ...
Indian Express
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:35:25 -0700

Barring Shirdi and Sangamner where sitting Congress MLAs Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Balasaheb Thorat reign supreme, several of the remaining segments face a neck-and-neck fight. According to political observer Girish Kulkarni from Ahmednagar, ...


Indian Express
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:15:00 -0700

... moment after veterans questioned his win nability. So far, the party has given a ticket to only one Youth Congress office-bearer, state unit vice president Satyajit Sudhir Tambe Patil. Patil is a nephew of minister Balasaheb Thorat, who will ...
Times of India
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0700

Former agriculture minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, former revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, too, are in the race for the post, but doubts are being expressed over their performance. "The post of leader of opposition is very ...
Daily News & Analysis
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:33:25 -0700

Two such cases are Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, former agriculture minister, and Balasaheb Thorat, former revenue minister, who have filed their nominations from Sangamner and Shirdi. Both would have had a tough time against a united Shiv Sena-BJP. Now ...

Indian Express

Indian Express
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:46:40 -0700

If there is one sector where both the Congress and its erstwhile ally the NCP are on common ground, it is the business of education. Half the previous Maharashtra cabinet of 42 ministers, or their immediate relatives in a few cases, run educational ...
The Asian Age
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:03:45 -0700

According to the report, the seats that they are sure of winning are Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil (Shirdi), Balasaheb Thorat (Sangamner), Amita Chavan (Bhokar), Rajendra Darda (Aurangabad), Amin Patel (Mumbadevi) and a few others. However, Prithviraj ...

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