Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

Updated: Aug 14, 2019, 16:56 | Soumil Kamat
  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Vilasrao Deshmukh was born on May 26, 1945, in Babhalgaon in Latur district in present-day Maharashtra. After completing his School and College education, he went to Pune University to study law. After passing out from the University, he began to practice law. Pictures by Ajay Borade-Patil.

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Vilasrao Deshmukh began his political journey as 'Sarpanch' of Babhalgaon village panchayat in 1974. Hailing from the politically dominant Maratha community, Vilasrao Deshmukh was a graduate of the ILS Law College, Pune

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    Vilasrao Deshmukh was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1980 and followed it up with victories in 1985 and 1990

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Vilasrao Deshmukh held important portfolios of revenue, cooperation, agriculture, home, industries and education as a minister in Maharashtra between 1982 and 1995

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Vilasrao Deshmukh became chief minister of Maharashtra for the first time in October 1999. He continued in the post from October 18, 1999 to January 17, 2003, when he had to make way for Sushilkumar Shinde, amid growing factionalism in the state Congress

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    The politician from Latur won the Legislative Assembly polls in October 2004 and was sworn in as chief minister for the second time on November 1 that year

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Amid mounting public outrage over the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008, Vilasrao Deshmukh resigned owning moral responsibility and shifted to Delhi taking the Rajya Sabha route

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    After Vilasrao Deshmukh entered the Rajya Sabha, he was inducted as Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and later as Minister for Rural Development. He was appointed as Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences on July 12, 2011

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Vilasrao Deshmukh was accused of 'terror tourism' when he visited the fire-ravaged Taj hotel with actor son Riteish Deshmukh and filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma soon after the 26/11 carnage

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Vilasrao Deshmukh married his wife Vaishali in 1973 and has three sons - Amit Deshmukh, a former MLA in Maharashtra, Dheeraj Deshmukh and Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Though not an accused, Vilasrao Deshmukh was also under scanner in the Adarsh housing scam for giving various clearances to the controversial housing society as Maharashtra chief minister

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Manjra Charitable Trust founded by Vilasrao Deshkmukh runs various colleges in Mumbai and Latur. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology in Versova, Andheri, Mumbai and the Manajara Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital located in Latur

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Vilasrao Deshmukh was diagnosed with liver and kidney failure in August 2012. Vilasrao Deshmukh was then hospitalised in Breach Candy first but was then flown to Chennai. A liver transplant from a clinically dead man was supposed to be conducted, but the man died the night before the operation could take place

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Vilasrao Deshmukh passed away on August 14, 2012. Vilasrao Deshmukh's cremation took place on Independence Day in 2012 at his village in Latur called Babhalgaon

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  • Remembering Vilasrao Deshmukh through rare, unseen photos

    Vilasrao Deshmukh's funeral was attended by various personalities from the political and film fraternity

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On the death anniversary of Vilasrao Deshmukh, the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and father of actor Riteish Deshmukh, we pay tribute to the man's life and career with a collection of rare pictures

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