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Tasgaon Bids Adieu to R.R. Patil

Fondly known as ‘Aaba’ in political circles, R.R. Patil or Raosaheb Ramrao Patil was an Indian politician from Maharashtra. After battling oral cancer for four months, R.R. Patil breathed his last in Lilavati hospital in Mumbaihttp://lighthouseinsights.in/rr-patil-facebook-pune-tensions.html/ on 16th February, 2015 at the age of 57. A senior leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), R.R. Patil was also a former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. After the victory of the Congress-NCP alliance in the 2009 Maharashtra assembly elections, R.R. Patil became the Home Minister of Maharashtra for the second time. He was greatly admired for his down-to-earth nature, simplicity and clean image.

Born on 16th August, 1957 in Anjani village, in Tasgaon Taluka in Sangli district of Maharashtra, Patil was a member of Sangli Zilla Parishad from 1979 to 1990 from Savlaj constituency. He was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1990 and thereafter four times in 1995, 1999, 2004, and 2009 – while representing Tasgoan in Sangli district. By 1996, he was a prominent figure of the Congress party in the assembly and one of the top rung leaders of NCP. He was appointed as Rural Development Minister in the Congress-NCP government in 1999. He was also the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the assembly. He was appointed as Rural Development Minister in the Congress-NCP government in 1999.

After Chaggan Bhujbal resigned in the wake of Telgi scam, Patil was allotted the important Home portfolio in 2003. In 2004, Patil was made the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. His comments made in the aftermath of the Mumbai Attacks in November 2008 as Home Minister of Maharashtra drew ire and criticisms from the media and public. After a slew of similar remarks which triggered outrage in the city, he was forced to resign on 1st December, 2008 and step down as Home Minister of Maharashtra.

When Congress-NCP alliance retained power in the state for another term, R.R. Patil was reinstated as the Home Minister for the second time. Patil was considered to be a close confidante of Sharad Pawar, who along with several other ministers of the NCP party was among the regular visitors in the hospital. Patil was largely instrumental in imposing a ban on dance bars in Mumbai and several parts of Maharashtra.

The mortal remains of the NCP leader were kept at the state NCP headquarters in Nariman Point in Mumbai for people to pay their last respects. The last rites of the deceased leader were performed in Anjani village in Tasgaon area. He is survived by his wife, mother, a daughter (Smita) and son (Rohit). Smita and Rohit lit the funeral pyre on 17th February, 2015. Nearly, 50,000 people came to this tiny village to pay their last respect. His funeral was held with 21-gun salute by the Maharashtra government. Eminent political dignitaries such as Devendra Fadnavis, Sharad Pawar, Anna Hazare, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil, Supriya Sule, Patangrao Kadam, Balasaheb Thorat, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and several other ministers from various parties attended the state funeral of Mr. R.R. Patil.

Sara Deshpande (have 67 posts in total)

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