Everything You Need To Know About Dilip Walse Patil, Maharashtra’s New Home Minister
On Monday, Anil Deshmukh resigned from the post of state Home Minister following Bombay High Court’s order of CBI probe against him. NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil has now taken over the charge of Maharashtra’s home ministry.
The Bombay High Court’s order of CBI probe against Anil Deshmukh has triggered a wave of political turmoil in Maharashtra. After this, Deshmukh resigned from the state’s Home Minister’s post. However, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dilip Walse Patil has replaced Deshmukh as Maharashtra’s new Home Minister. Earlier, Patil led the ministry of labour and excise in the state and has now taken over the charge of home ministry after Deshmukh resigned on Monday.
Deshmukh’s resignation came a day after the Bombay High Court ordered a CBI investigation into the corruption charges levelled against him by the former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. Deshmukh also tweeted a copy of his resignation letter. The letter read, “I don’t have the moral right to continue in office after the court order. I have decided to quit. Kindly relieve me from my post.”
Now that NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil has taken the charge of Maharashtra’s Home Ministry, here’s everything you need to know about him.
Patil is the son of former Congress MLA and Sharad Pawar’s friend Dattatray Walse Patil. He began his political career as Pawar’s personal assistant. Patil shares a close-knit bond with the NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his family. Patil constituted his first election in 1990, being a part of the Indian National Congress Party. From the Ambegaon Assembly constituency, Dilip defeated Kisanrao Bankhele and held the seat.
In 1999, Patil followed the footsteps of Pawar and entered NCP. Under Vilasrao Deshmukh’s cabinet, Patil became a minister and was given charge of power and medical education. Throughout his political journey, Patil led the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Energy Ministry, Higher and Technical Education Ministry, and Medical Education Ministry.
Patil also served as the speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly from 2009 to 2014. He also serves as the president of the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Limited (NFCSF). As per the reports, Sharad Pawar had urged Patil to be the Home Minister right after the Mahavikas Aghadi came into power. However, Patil turned down the offer and ultimately Deshmukh took over the post.
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