Demise of Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar

Maharashtra former Chief Minister and Senior Congressman Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar passed away. The doctor announced kidney failure as the reason for his death. The 88-year-old minister who had been suffering from several co-morbidities including diabetes and high blood pressure, and had been tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Pune was admitted at a private hospital. The former CM is survived by wife, three sons, a daughter and grandchildren. His last rites are to be performed in Nilanga his birthplace in Latur district.

Work and Contribution

Mr. Patil Nilangekar, who hailed from Nilanga city in Latur district was a powerful cooperative leader from Marathwada region. He was highly active in the field of education. While serving in his capacity the former minister had the briefest run as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, for less than a year between June 1985 and March 1986 after controversial circumstances forced him to resign. The Nilangekar family being a dominant force in the politics of Latur and the Marathwada region Nilanga was a devoted Congressman with virtual fiefdom. In 2008, Mr Patil Nilangekar won the Nilanga Assembly constituency in Maharashtra Assembly elections from 1962 to 1980 consecutively. And then he controlled his constituencies as the ‘pocket borough’ again in 1990, 1999 and 2004 Assembly polls. Rupatai Patil Nilangekar his daughter-in-law, who is with the BJP, was the MP of Latur between 2004 and 2009 while Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar his grandson was a Minister in the former Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government

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