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.
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.