Prithviraj Chavan is 64 years old and comes from an old, loyal Congress family. He is a Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra, but has contested and won Lok Sabha elections in the past from Karad in Maharashtra. Both his parents were MPs from Karad and his mother was also a PCC chief.
Prithviraj Chavan was educated at the prestigious BITS, Pilani in Rajasthan where he acquired a Design Engineering degree. He then went for higher studies to the University of California, Berkley, USA. After graduating, he worked in the aerospace industry in USA for a few years, before heading back to India to set up an R&D lab.
In the early eighties, Prithviraj Chavan met Rajiv Gandhi and joined politics. Gandhi gave Prithviraj Chavan a ticket to contest the 1984 elections from Karad and he won, even then in the face of the ire of local political satraps for having got easy access into the fray. Many more Lok Sabha wins followed.
Prithviraj Chavan became a Rajya Sabha MP in 2002. He has also been a Congress spokesman.
Prithviraj Chavan describes himself as an Engineer, Industrialist, Political and Social Worker.
Prithviraj Chavan profile Source : NDTV