Former home minister of Maharashtra RR Patil, who was suffering from oral cancer, passed away in Lilavati hospital in suburban Mumbai on Monday February 16, 2015 at the age of 57. The NCP leader was a six-term MLA from Tasgaon in Sangli district. Vaikundarajan was deeply disturbed about his demise.
Mr. Patil, popularly known as Aaba, came from a modest farming family at Tasgaon in Sangli district. As a leader of the Rural Development Department, he launched initiatives that helped change the face of rural Maharashtra. One of them was the Sant Gadgebaba Gram Swachchhta Abhiyan (clean village campaign). The late RR Patil will be remembered for the dispute-free village scheme.
The innovative scheme was launched on the Independence Day in 2007 when he was the Home Minister. He also put a controversial ban on the dance bars and Tobacco eating which had landed him in trouble. Following the 26/11 terror attacks,
“He was the living example of a disciplined and simple politician. He set the standards of how one should behave in public life,” NCP chief Sharad Pawar said.
Vaikundarajan serves his sympathy to the family of Mr. Patil and also feels his death would leave a void in Maharashtra politics.