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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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Times of India
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:45:00 -0700

Mumbai: Even though Congress lost the crucial assembly polls to BJP, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has emerged more powerful following the humiliating defeat of his arch political rivals, Narayan Rane and Harshavardhan Patil; and there was a ...

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Times of India
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:56:10 -0700

There are other leaders from the sugar belt including Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Balasaheb Thorat and Patangrao Kadam who are in the race for the Congress party's leadership in the state legislature. Chavan's bete noire Narayan Rane is out of race after ...
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, ...
Times of India
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:37:30 -0700

Mumbai: The knives are out in the Congress over the drubbing it received in the assembly polls, with state party chief Manikrao Thakre blaming former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. But the party high command is likely to strengthen Chavan's hands ...
Indian Express
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:45:00 -0700

The region is a sugar-belt where the Congress-NCP have a grip over sugar cooperatives. The win in Shirdi and Sangamner, where Congress MLAs Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Balasaheb Thorat reign supreme, is an indication that the Modi factor did not ...
Times of India
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:41:15 -0700

For Congress veterans in Ahmednagar - Balasaheb Thorat and Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil - the coveted post has always been so near, yet so far. In the last 15 years, every time the Congress decided to nominate a new face as the CM, Thorat and Vikhe-Patil ...
Mumbai Mirror
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:48:45 -0700

... Congress president Manikrao Thakre for the poor show. The meeting went on till late in the night. Apart from Chavan and Thakre, the meeting was attended by Narayan Rane, Ashok Chavan, Sushilkumar Shinde, Naseem Khan, Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin ...

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Daily News & Analysis
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:16:35 -0700

... was attended by Maharashtra state unit Congress chief Manikrao Thakre, former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, senior leaders like Narayan Rane, Sushilkumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat, Hussain Dalwai and Sharad Ranpise, Mohammed ...

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