Popularly known as 'Aaba', Raosaheb Ramrao Patil was one of the leading politician of Maharashtra. A six-term MLA from Tasgaon in Sangli district he served as Home Minister and also Deputy Chief Minister of Maharastra in the Congress-NCP government. Affected from oral cancer he died on 16 February 2015. Patil is survived by his wife Suman Patil and three children namely Smita Patil, Supriya Patil and Rohit Patil.
Well known for his controversial decision to ban dance bars in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra Raosaheb Ramrao Patil, better known as R. R. Patil, was a popular face of Maharashtra politics. During his lifetime he took several steps to bring change in the society. His untimely death 16 February 2015 left a void in Maharashtra politics.
Born on 16 August 1957 R. R. Patil hailed from a modest farming family at Tasgaon in Sangli district. He struggled and completed his education under the government "Earn & Learn" scheme. He obtained a B.A. and an LL.B. from Shantiniketan College in Sangli.
Admired for his clean image and easy accessibility R.R Patil was a prominent NCP leader. Popularly known as 'Aaba' he was very close to NCP chief Sharad Pawar. He was elected from Tasgaon constituency, Sangli district, in 1990, 1995, 1999,2004,2009 and 2014. He was appointed Rural Development Minister in the Congress-NCP government in 1999. In 2003 Patil was made Home Minister of Maharsatra. A year later in 2004 he succeeded Chhagan Bhujbal as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. In times to come Patil emerged as one of the most powerful ministers in the Congress-led coalition. Aftermath Mumbai attck of 26/11 his irresponsible remarks like "Small incidents do happen in big cities" created stir amongst the masses. As a result he was forced to resign from the post of Home Minister. When Congress-NCP government was back to power in the state he was again handed over the charge of Home Ministry. As a home minister he tried hard to curb the menace by encouraging natives to support elected Government through some developmental work for them. Major work done by him are “Gadage Baba Swachata Abhiyan” & “Tantamukt Gaon”.
Illness and Death
Suffering from oral cancer he succumbed to the disease on 16 February 2015. The last rites in Anjani village in Tasgaon area of Sangli district was attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Social activist Anna Hazare and many others. He was amongst the very few NCP ministers who were never accused of any misdeed or scam.
Personalities from across Political, Social backgrounds took to micro-blogging site Twitter to mourn the death of Maharashtra's former deputy chief minister Raosaheb Ramrao Patil.
PMO India: My thoughts are with Shri RR Patil's family.Am saddened to know of his demise, which leaves a void in Maharashtra politics
Amit Shah: My condolences and prayers for the departed soul of Shri RR Patil ji (former Home Minister of Maharashtra)
Devendra Fadnavis: My heartfelt tributes to Shri R.R Patil on his sad demise. We have lost a sensitive leader, great parliamentarian and a true human being.
State funeral would be accorded to Shri R R Patil & a day long mourning would be observed tomorrow.
Nitin Gadkari: R R Patil was a grass root worker, his sad demise is my personal & huge loss for Maharashtra politics. My deepest condolences to his family
Sambit Patra : My Condolences to the Near & Dear Ones of Sh RR Patil ji ..May God give them the strength to endure the Untimely Loss!!
Riteish Deshmukh: "Deeply saddened to hear about Shri RR Patil. Heartfelt condolences to the Family, I understand and relate to their pain & loss. RIP Sir,"
Madhur Bhandarkar: "Saddened to hear about the demise of R R Patilji. May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to the Patil family,"
Aftab Shivdasani: "RIP Shri R.R.Patil...Prayers for his soul and condolences to his family...Peace and light."
Kailash Kher: "RR Patil RIP. Who Lived Life More Meaningful n Inspirational. Set an Example. He personally told me how much he Loved KailasaMusic, Prayers,"
Spouse: Suman Patil
Children: Smita Patil, Supriya Patil, Rohit Patil
(FAN OF Shri RAOSAHEB RAMRAO PATIL)
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