Sudhir Suryawanshi is a journalist from Maharashtra who has been writing on the politics of the state for the past fifteen years. He has worked with DNA, Mumbai Mirror and Free Press Journal among others. He is presently assistant editor at the New Indian Express.
On 28 November 2019, Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena chief, was sworn in as the eighteenth chief minister of Maharashtra. This event marked the culmination of a high-voltage political drama that had the entire nation glued to their television sets for days on end. With no party being able to claim a majority in the assembly, President's Rule was imposed in the state. This book takes its readers through the twists and turns of the dramatic political crisis that unfolded as Maharashtra waited for its chief minister. What really went on behind the scenes? With access to inside sources and private conversations, this book reveals the hitherto untold story of this political drama, with a comprehensive overview of the state's politics in the last few decades.
In Checkmate: How BJP Won and Lost Maharashtra, Sudhir Suryawanshi writes about why Uddhav Thackeray took it upon himself to secure the future of his family and his party.The book may answer many of the unanswered questions of the 35 days that changed the State's political history.