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Ex-Maha CM Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar dies at 90

Ex-Maha CM Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar dies at 90
Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar
PUNE, AUG 5 (IANS) | Publish Date: 8/5/2020 12:37:18 PM IST

Veteran Congressman and former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar, died due to old-age related problems in Pune on Wednesday, family sources said here. He was 90. Last month, Patil-Nilangekar tested Covid-19 positive and fully recovered from it. He is survived by four sons Dilip, Ashok, Vijay, Sharad, and a daughter Chandrakala Dawle, besides grandchildren including two who are Bharatiya Janata Party politicians.

Born in Nilanga village in the erstwhile Hyderabad State, Patil-Nilangekar took part in the Indian Freedom struggle and later served as the 10th Chief Minister of Maharashtra between June 1985-March 1986.

However, he was forced to resign following Bombay High Court strictures in the MD exams marks scandal involving his daughter.

A voracious reader, classical music lover and sport enthusiast, in 1968, he had founded the Maharashtra Education Trust which runs over two dozen schools, colleges and specialized education institutions

CM Uddhav Thackeray expressed his condolences, describing Patil-Nilangekar as “a leader who connected and guided two generations” making immense contributions to the development of the state.

Deputy CM and NCP leader Ajit Pawar said Patil-Nilangekar’s life symbolized the struggle through which he came up and the state has lost a stalwart who helped build up the state with his strong political and intellectual leadership.

Congress state President and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, BJP LoP Devendra Fadnavis and NCP President Sharad Pawar also mourned the demise of Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar

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