Raosaheb Ramrao Patil, former Home Minister of Maharashtra and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, died on 16 February 2015 at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai after suffering from oral cancer. He was 57. Patil is survived by his mother, wife and two children.
Patil, popularly known as Aaba and RR in political circles, was originally from the Congress Party and had shifted to the NCP when his political mentor Sharad Pawar broke away to form a new party in 1999.
He was considered to be the eyes and ears of NCP founder-leader Sharad Pawar in Maharashtra, especially when the latter concentrated his efforts on strengthening the party at the national level.
Raosaheb Ramrao Patil
• Patil was a member of Sangli Zillah Parishad from 1979 to 1990 from Savlaj constituency.
• He was elected to the Maharashtra legislative assembly for consecutive 6 times in 1990, 1995, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 from Tasgaon-Kavthe Mahakal Constituency of Sangli district.
• He was the Chief Whip of the Congress Party in the Maharashtra legislative assembly as well as the chairman of the public accounts committee of the assembly in 1996-97 and 1998-99.
• He was Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra from November 2004 to December 2008 during the NCP-Congress coalition government.
• He served twice as the Home Minister of Maharashtra, for the first time in December 2003-December 2008 and for second time in October 2009-September 2014.
• In 2005, he was instrumental in imposing the ban on dance bars in Maharashtra.
• He was the Maharashtra’s Home Minister when the the 26/11 terror attacks took place in Mumbai in 2008.
• He was also known for his pet project Sant Gadge Baba Swachata Abhiyan, which he undertook as Rural Development Minister in the State.
• He was born on 16 August 1957 in Anjani village of Sangli district in Maharashtra.