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Vasantdada Patil 5th Chief Minister of Maharashtra State  India In office 17 April 1977 – 8 July 1978 Preceded by Shankarrao Chavan Succeeded by Sharad Pawar 9th Chief Minister of Maharashtra State  India In office 2 February 1983 – 1 June 1985 Preceded by Babasaheb Bhosale Succeeded by Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil Born November 13, 1917(1917-11-13) Died March 1, 1989(1989-03-01) (aged 71) Nationality Indian Political party Indian National Congress-INC Vasantdada Patil (November 13, 1917 - March 1, 1989) was an Indian politician from Sangli, Maharashtra. He was known as the first modern Maratha strongman and first mass leader in Maharashtra's politics. He was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra from May 17, 1977 to July 18, 1978 and again from February 2, 1983 to June 1, 1985. He also served as Governor of Rajasthan from 1985 to 1987. Born on 13th Nov 1917 at 'Padmale' 3 km (2 miles) from Sangli, his native village. He studied up to the vernacular final. Then he took interest in his farm. He worked there and faced many problems. He always took a leading part in problem solving. He took part in freedom struggle. He was very popular among the people of Sangli due to his helping hand towards the people. In 1942, Mahatma Gandhi started the Satyagraha movement. Vinoba Bhave was the first satyagrahi from Tasgaon Vasantdada. For this he was jailed by the British government. In jail, he came under the influence of people like Babasaheb Kher, Sardar Patel and others. He was also influenced by Netaji Subhashchandra Bose and he believed that only 'satyagraha', morchas or people's movements would get freedom. So he looted railways, merchants, got guns and revolvers from Goa. Many criminal cases were filled against him. The British govt. declared a prize of Rs.1000 for him. He tried to escape from the jail but was badly injured. He was then sentenced to 13 years imprisonment. On 25 April 1946 he was released and was welcomed by Sangli people. After independence he started working on farmers' problems. He established a Market Committee in 1951, with the main intention of giving proper prices to agriculture products. In 1958, he started the largest Co-operative Sugar factory on 90 acres (360,000 m2) of land. In 1960, he started an Industrial Society on 135 acres (0.55 km2) land. ITI were started to give technical training to youth. He made efforts to increase irrigation in Sangli. In 1960 he became the Chief promoter of Groundnut Processors Co-operative Society. In the field of education he was Chairman of Latthe Education Society. He started Miraj Medical College, Civil hospital, Akashwani (All India Radio station) at Sangli. While active in politics from 1937, he was first appointed a Minister from 1972 till 1976 under Chief Minister Vasantrao Naik. In 1976 he was dropped from the Maharashtra Cabinet. He was very disappointed but overcoming this disappointment, he became Chief Minister of Maharashtra three times between 1976 to 1985. He was also elected as member of 7th Lok Sabha from Sangli (Lok Sabha constituency) in 1980.[1] He is the political mentor of Maratha strongman Mr. Sharad Pawar. He appointed Mr. Sharad Pawar as his political successor and Chief Minister of Maharashtra before retiring from politics. He died on 1 March 1989. His elder son Prakashbapu Vasantdada Patil was MP for five times from Sangli and now his grandson Pratik Prakashbapu Patil is MP from Sangli. His second wife, Shalinitai Patil is an MLA from Koregaon, Satara district References ^ Preceded by Shankarrao Chavan Chief Minister of Maharashtra 17 May 1977–18 Jul 1978 Succeeded by Sharad Pawar Preceded by Babasaheb Bhosale Chief Minister of Maharashtra 2 Feb 1983–6 Mar 1986 Succeeded by Shivajirao Nilangekar Persondata Name Patil, Vasantdada Alternative names Short description Date of birth Place of birth Date of death Place of death