From the relative obscurity in the backroom of the Prime Minister's office to the most coveted seat of power in Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan has reaped the reward for his personal integrity, professional ability and unflinching loyalty to 10, Janpath.
Chavan, who takes the helm of one of the most enduring strongholds of the Congress as the party battles allegations of corruption in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, has the foremost task of restoring its image that has taken a beating, and imparting professionalism to governance he is known for.
Known to enjoy the confidence of both Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chavan (64) is a technocrat who entered the hurly burly of electoral politics at the persuasion of Rajiv Gandhi.
An engineer by profession, Chavan graduated from BITS Pilani and got a masters from the University of California.
Chavan has been credited with research in introduction of computerisation of Indian languages.
Hailing from Karad district of Western Maharashtra, Chavan belongs to the politically dominant Maratha community and his elevation to the Chief Minister's post is also being seen as a move by the Congress to stop consolidation of Maratha votes in favour of NCP.
Chavan is known for not getting on well with NCP chief and Union Minister Sharad Pawar.
His father, a prominent Congressman D R alias Anandrao Chavan, was the "diwan" of the Indore royalty and a well-known legal luminary, who served as minister in the cabinets of Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi.