Nitin Jairam Gadkari is an Indian politician and the current Minister for Road Transport and Highways as well as Minister for Shipping. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and also has served as its president from 2010 to 2013. He has also handled the charge of Ministries of Rural Development, Panchayat Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation for a brief period after the death of Gopiath Munde. Gadkari is known for his tenure as the Public Works Department Minister of Maharashtra and has received the nick name Flyover man for the construction of 55 flyovers in Mumbai and Mumbai-Pune motorway and also has been responsible for many highways and roads in the state. Born on 27th May 1957, Gadkari was born in a Brahmin family in Nagpur. He belongs to a middle class family. He was a part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from his childhood days. He has a good academic background and has completed his M.Com and LLB from University of Nagpur and also has a degree of Diploma in Business Management.
Nitin Gadkari was a student activist and joined Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1976 and participated actively in the student's elections. He was also the organizer of the 28th National Convention of ABVP and was later made as the President of BJP's youth wing - Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha at the age of 24. After noticing his continuous dedication towards the party, he was appointed as the BJP secretary of Nagpur City and was assigned the role of strengthening the organization in the entire district. At the age of 32, he became the Member of Legislative Council (MLC) and he held this position for four consecutive tenures in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008. As an MLC, he was a member of many committees and was included as the member of High Power Committee for privatization from 1995 to 1999. He founded MSRDC Ltd. in 1995 and became its Chairman and remained in this position until 1999. He also has served as the Guarding Minister of Nagpur District. He joined the Maharashtra Cabinet as the Minister of Public Works and at the age of 42 he became the leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council. Nitin Gadkari was appointed as the BJP Maharashtra President in 2004. In 2009, he became the national president of BJP and remained in this post until 2013. He was appointed as the Chairman of Metropolis Beautification Committee of Maharashtra. In the 2014 General Elections, Gadkari contested the election representing the Nagpur Constituency and won the election by a margin of 2,85,000 votes. On 26th May 2014, he became the Union Minister for Surface Transport & Shipping. Gadkari is married to Kanchan Gadkari and they have three children. Gadkari is known for his tenure at the PWD ministry in Maharashtra where he has played a significant role in transforming the road transport system of the state. He played one of the most important roles in the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and also has a great contribution in transformation of Central PWD of Nagpur into a beautiful infrastructure city.