Life and Times of NCP leader RR Patil

Former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader R R Patil, who had been undergoing treatment for oral cancer, passed away on Monday here.

Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader R R Patil, who had been undergoing treatment for oral cancer, passed away on Monday here.

He was undergoing treatment at Lilavati Hospital.

Following is a brief history of his life and political career:

- Patil was a prominent NCP leader from Sangli in western Maharashtra.

- He became Home Minister of Maharashtra for the second time after the 2009 Maharashtra Assembly election victory of the Congress-NCP alliance.

- He was also the former Deputy CM of Maharashtra.

- Patil was a member of Sangli Zillah Parishad from 1979 to 1990 from Savlaj constituency.

- He was elected to the Maharashtra legislative assembly in 1990, 1995, 1999,2004 and 2009, representing Tasgaon, in Sangli district.

- He became the Chief Whip of the Congress Party in the Assembly as well as the chairman of the public accounts committee of the Assembly in 1996–97 and 1998–99.

- On November 1, 2004, he was sworn in as the Deputy CM of Maharashtra.

- He was also the Home Minister of Maharashtra in the previous government.

- His comments in the aftermath of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, drew severe criticism for downplaying the gravity of the situation.

- He was forced to resign on 1 December 2008 after further remarks on the attacks.

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