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RR Patil – Life and times

Former Maharashtra home minister RR Patil had been battling cancer for three months.

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NCP leader RR Patil passed away Monday battling cancer at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai.

Raosaheb Ramrao Patil, who passed away today after battling cancer, was the rural face of the Nationalist Congress Party. He held key portfolios during the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra.

Here are the key moments in his life.

Raosaheb Ramrao Patil was born on August 16, 1957 in Sangli district.

1977: Completes his graduation in Art from Shantiniketan College in Sangli and subsequently a degree in law

1979: Marks his electoral debut by winning Zilla Parishad elections from Savlaj.

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1990: Starts his six-term stint as MLA of the Maharashtra Assembly winning the Tasgaon seat with a margin of 32555 votes.

1999: A close associate of Sharad Pawar, Patil quits the Congress and joins mentor Pawar’s NCP.

November 1999: Makes debut as a Cabinet minister in charge of Rural Development.

December 2003: Given charge of Home department for the first time.

November 2004: Made deputy chief minister & home minister of Maharashtra.

March 2005: Patil pushes ahead with the controversial ban on dance bars in the state.

December 2008: Resigns as home minister after drawing flak for a statement after the 26/11 attacks which was seen as downplaying the attacks. Takes over as Maharashtra NCP president.

November 2009: Makes a return as the home minister of Maharashtra.

October 2014: Fights his toughest electoral battle but retains Tasgaon seat by over 22000 votes.

November 2014: Admitted to a hospital for the first time.