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Vasantdada Patil
वसंतदादा पाटील
6th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
In office
17 April 1977 – 8 July 1978
Preceded by Shankarrao Chavan
Succeeded by Sharad Pawar
In office
2 February 1983 – 1 June 1985
Preceded by Babasaheb Bhosale
Succeeded by Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil
10th Governor of Rajasthan
In office
20 November 1985 – 15 October 1987
Preceded by Air Chf Mshl Om Prakash Mehra
Succeeded by Sukhdev Prasad
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Sangli
In office
Preceded by Annasaheb Gotkhinde
Succeeded by Prakashbapu Vasantdada Patil
Personal details
Born (1917-11-13)November 13, 1917
Died March 1, 1989(1989-03-01) (aged 71)
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress (INC)

Vasantdada Patil (November 13, 1917 – March 1, 1989) was an Indian politician from Sangli, Maharashtra. He was known as the first modern Maratha strongman[citation needed] and first mass leader in Maharashtra's politics.

He was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra from May 17, 1977 to July 18, 1978 and again from February 2, 1983 to June 1, 1985. He also served as Governor of Rajasthan from 1985 to 1987.

Early career[edit]

Born on 13 Nov 1917 at 'Padmale' 3 km (1.9 mi) from Sangli, his native village. He studied up to the vernacular final. Then he took interest in his farm.

Freedom fighter[edit]

He was one of the young campaigner of Dhulappa Bhaurao Navale's election of local board in 1937 who was congress candidate. In 1940 Dhulappa Navale suggested Vasantdada's name for Tasgaon Taluka Congress secretory to Adv. Kutte & to R.P.Patil. Vasantdada took part in freedom struggle. In 1942, Mahatma Gandhi started the Satyagraha movement. Vinoba Bhave was the first satyagrahi & from Tasgaon Dhulappa Navale was first then was Vasantdada & V.S.Paage. For this he was jailed by the British government. In jail, he came under the influence of people like Babasaheb Kher, Sardar Patel and others.

He was also influenced by Netaji Subhashchandra Bose, and believed that satyagraha, morchas or people's movements alone would not get freedom. So he looted railways and merchants (this was to compensate for the money they needed to keep the freedom struggle alive), and got guns and revolvers from Goa. Many criminal cases were filed against him. The British government declared a prize of Rs.1000 for him. He tried to escape from the jail but was badly injured. He was then sentenced to imprisonment for 13 years.

Political career[edit]

On 25 April 1946 he was released and was welcomed by Sangli people. After Independence he started working on farmers' problems. He established a Market Committee in 1951, with the main intention of giving proper prices to agriculture products. In 1958, he with his friends Dhulappa Bhaurao Navale,Rambhau Arwade,Abasaheb Shinde,Shankarao Shinde,Abasheb Kulkarni(Khebudkar) started the largest Co-operative Sugar factory on 90 acres (360,000 m2) of land. In 1960, he started an Industrial Society on 135 acres (0.55 km2) land. ITI were started to give technical training to youth. He made efforts to increase irrigation in Sangli. In 1960 he became the chief promoter of the Groundnut Processors Co-operative Society.

In the field of education he was Chairman of Latthe Education Society. He started Miraj Medical College, Civil hospital, Akashwani (All India Radio station) at Sangli.

While active in politics from 1937, he was first appointed a Minister from 1972 until 1976 under Chief Minister Vasantrao Naik. In 1976 he was dropped from the Maharashtra Cabinet. He was the first minister to oppose the reservations on the basis of the caste system. This was in accordance to the guidelines of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar[clarification needed]. Due to this, he had to face the wrath of the so-called secular Indian National Congress. He was very disappointed, but overcoming his disappointment, he became Chief Minister of Maharashtra three times between 1976 to 1985.

He was also elected as a member of 7th Lok Sabha from Sangli (Lok Sabha constituency) in 1980.[1]

Educational field[edit]

Vasantdada Patil made great contributions to the educational field. Before 1983, there were few engineering and technical colleges in Maharashtra. Hence, most of the students were going to other states, like Karnataka, for studies. So, Vasantdada Patil passed a bill to create private engineering and technical colleges in Maharashtra. Today, because of him, Maharashtra has became centre for engineering and technical education and students all over come here for studies. His step has fostered the industrial growth of Maharashtra which still remains hard to match.

Political and family connections[edit]

In 1985 he was embroiled in a public dispute with a Deputy Commissioner of BMC, G R Khairnar, for having demolished his son's hotel "Step In". Khairnar eventually became a hero for taking on politicians, subsequently with Sharad Pawar. This dispute, meanwhile, led to the ultimate discrediting of the Congress rule in large, and combined with other issues, gave the Shiv Sena-BJP combine an upper hand in the following elections.

His elder son Prakashbapu Vasantdada Patil and his grandson Pratik Prakashbapu Patil are former MP from Sangli.

Vasantadada had a vast friend circle,but few friends very close, among them were Dhulappa Navale,V.S.Page,Charudatta (Charubhai) Shah,Sampatrao Mane & Vittal Patil.

His second wife, Shalinitai Patil, has been an MLA from Koregaon, Satara district. Shalinitai Patil joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 1999, but was expelled for her opposition to reservation of 27.5% for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the central academic institutes such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). However, she later declared that Marathas were too big a community for any political party to displease, and said "... the economically backward classes across all communities should be given reservation. At least 50 per cent of Maharashtra's population needs quotas.

Vasantdada Patil died on 1 March 1989.


Vasantdada Patil received the Padma Bhushan award in 1965.


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Preceded by
Shankarrao Chavan
Chief Minister of Maharashtra
17 May 1977–18 Jul 1978
Succeeded by
Sharad Pawar
Preceded by
Babasaheb Bhosale
Chief Minister of Maharashtra
2 Feb 1983–6 Mar 1986
Succeeded by
Shivajirao Nilangekar

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The Indian Express
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:16:31 -0800

One such institute, they alleged, was Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil Prathisthan's engineering college at Sion-Chunabhatti. “They submitted inappropriate information and forged documents to the Samiti. The college is facing action from the All India ...

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Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:46:21 -0800

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Times of India
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:49:31 -0800

"Former chief minister Vasantdada Patil offered land for the Chitranagari project in 1985 and the construction was done at Morewadi over 1991-1993. When Sushilkumar Shinde was the cultural minister, Chitranagari received cameras and some other ...
Times of India
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:56:15 -0800

Chakravorty, who served as Nagpur CP twice, stated he too enjoyed some advantage over others while serving as SP in Sangli from where the then CM Vasantdada Patil came. Former city police chief Ankush Dhanvijay stated becoming CP in CM's city would ...
Times of India
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:10:22 -0700

KOLHAPUR: The Sangli city unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday opposed any candidate from the Congress from the family of former chief minister Vasantdada Patil. As per the seat-sharing formula formulated in 2009 elections, the Sangli ...
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Sun, 02 Dec 2012 17:13:05 -0800

An inquiry has been ordered against Vasantdada Patil College of Engineering, Chunabhatti for submitting false information to the Shikshan Shulka Samiti in order to increase students' fees, after a students organisation filed a compaint against it.
Times of India
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0700

KOLHAPUR: Traditional rivalry between the families of former chief minister late Vasantdada Patil and ex-minister late Rajarambapu Patil has once again resurfaced in Sangli district after the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) split recently.
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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:31:21 -0700

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