RR Patil, the former home minister of Maharashtra, who was undergoing treatment for oral cancer, passed away at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai
Maharashtra’s former home minister Raosaheb Ramrao Patil (RR Patil), popularly known as Aaba on Monday died at Lilavati Hospital after battling with oral cancer.
Last month, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) showed signs of improvement after initial treatment and then was taken off the life support. Patil was operated upon last December at Breach Candy Hospital and was then shifted to Lilavati Hospital.
RR Patil was a member of Sangli Zillah Parishad from 1979 to 1990 from Savlaj constituency, then was elected to the Maharashtra legislative assembly five times from 1990 till 2009, representing Tasgaon, in Sangli district. He became the Chief Whip of the Congress Party in the assembly as well as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the Maharashtra Assembly in 1996–97 and 1998–99.
On 1 November 2004, he was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He was chief of the Nationalist Congress Party's Maharashtra unit and NCP legislative party in Maharashtra. He was also the Home Minister of Maharashtra in the previous government.
After taking charge of Home Ministry, he also sought guardianship of Naxal affected Gadchiroli district. Since, then in spite of many naxalized attacks he encouraged natives to support elected Government through some developmental work for them.
His comments in the aftermath of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, have drawn severe criticism for downplaying the gravity of the situation. He was quoted as saying, "They (the terrorists) came to kill 5,000 people but we ensured minimal damage".
He was forced to resign on 1 December 2008 after further remarks on the attacks. When asked at a press conference whether the terror strike was an intelligence failure, Patil had said, "It is not like that. In big cities like this, small incidents do happen. It's is not a total failure." Patil's words drew flak from many quarters and he was asked to resign.