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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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78 news items

Indian Express
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:26:15 -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, ...

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Daily News & Analysis
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:24:04 -0700

Sitting Congress legislators Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil from Shirdi and Balasaheb Thorat from Sangamner are very powerful leaders. The BJP and Shiv Sena candidates will find it very difficult to make inroads into these respective leaders' constituencies.
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 ...
Times of India
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:45:00 -0700

Former CM Prithviraj Chavan, ex-ministers Radhakrisha Vikhe Patil and Balasaheb Thorat are seen as frontrunners for the post of leader of opposition. "We think Chavan should be given an opportunity to lead the opposition since the attack of the ruling ...
Hindustan Times
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:07:30 -0700

Claiming that the decision will be taken by the party following a meeting with all legislators, Thakre said, “There are several senior leaders including Chavan, Patangrao Kadam, Balasaheb Thorat, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who can be considered for the ...
Daily News & Analysis
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:14:16 -0700

Speaking to a few media persons on Monday, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakare said the party had experienced leaders like Prithviraj Chavan, Patangrao Kadam, Balasaheb Thorat and Radhakrishna ...
Indian Express
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:48:19 -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

Times of India
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:18:45 -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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