Longest serving MLA from Maharashtra Ganpatrao Deshmukh expires

Source:- DNA India

Former minister and Maharashtra's longest elected MLA Ganpatrao Deshmukh died on Friday at 94 years old. His health has been critical since the past few days. 

Deshmukh, a member from the Peasants and Workers party (PWP), has established a standard of being elected 11 times from Sangola voting demographic in Solapur and was an MLA for 55 years until 2019. In his entire career  in electoral politics, Deshmukh contested 13 Assembly elections  till 2014 and lost just twice – in 1972 and 1995. In 1995, he lost to a Congress candidate by an edge of simply 192 votes. 

In 2019, he declared his retirement from active politics and didn't contest in the Assembly polls. 

In the 2014 Assembly election, Deshmukh had won over Shahaji Bapu Patil by in excess of 25,000 votes. 

Strangely, Deshmukh was for the most part of the time in the opposition, except 1978 and 1999 when he momentarily served  as a minister – first in the Sharad Pawar led the government and the second time when the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) formed the public authority with help from PWP.

 

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