India's oldest legislator 93-year old Ganpatrao Deshmukh quits politics


Solapur, Oct 9 (IANS): The Grand Old Man of Maharashtra politics, Ganpatrao Deshmukh of Peasants & Workers Party (PW), has finally called it a day from electoral politics, at the age of 93.

The 93-year old 11-time legislator and a former minister, is still fit, but has opted out on health grounds from the rough and tumble of campaigning and field politics.

He had made the announcement of his plans last year, but recently the PWP General Secretary Jayant Patil officially declared Deshmukh's decision though he said the party was keen he should contest.

Deshmukh, who represented the Sangole seat in Solapur district of western Maharashtra -- holds the record of the second-longest serving law-maker after the late DMK supremo M. Karunanidhi.

Against Deshmukh's 56 years in the legislature, Karunanidhi was a Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for a staggering 61 years as MLA elected 13 times.

The highly-respected Deshmukh, influenced by the Leftist ideology since his student days and started his legislative career way back in 1962 when many of the modern-era politicians were not born or not in politics.

Since then, he has won every election barring 1972 and 1995, served as minister twice under the then Chief Minister Sharad Pawar-led Progresssive Democratic Front in 1978, and later when the PWP allied with the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party in 1999 under the late Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Though conscious of Deshmukh's towering presence in the party and state politics, the PWP has come to terms with his departure and decided to nominate industrialist Bhausaheb Rupnar.

However, following a massive uproar which alarmed party circles, the PWP backtracked and passed on the mantle to Deshmukh's grandson, Aniket Deshmukh, a doctor.

Miffed by the last minute change last weekend, Rupnar walked over to the Shiv Sena and is likely to work for former legislator and Ganpatro Deshmukh's traditional political rival, the Sena candidate Shahajibapu Patil.

With these developments, while one old-world era in the form of Ganpatrao Deshmukh officially ends, another family aeon in the form of his grandson Aniket Deshmukh will take wings.

The Oct. 21 elections outcome will decide whether the gambit of the PWP -- a partner of the Opposition alliance -- has paid off.

--IANS

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  • Shan, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Politicians life is good . No educational certificate is required. If you are educated as engineer,doctor,etc and working for some organisation. He will get retirement when he will reach 60 but politicians will work for the people even he is 90 and even his brain doesn't work.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Thank you Sir ...

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Too late to retire.

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  • Af,,, MANGALORE

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Good that he retired at the age 93, that mean till 93 he enjoyed all fecilities from govt.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    after seeing Indian politics since 2014 at its worst after Independence, this man quit in disgust...

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  • Dinesh Kumar, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    When will people quit India

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  • SACHIN, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Will start from you bro..

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  • EULALIA DSOUZA, MANGALURU

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    It's high time Politicians have upper age limit to retire from active politics. With due respect, the senior politicians have to make way for Junior minds to get in to politics and change our political systems. At least fix upper age limit to 75 years. After which they should retire and give way to Junior Politicians.
    These people who can not even walk or talk, what will they do in politics other than Politicizing issues. Chair power can do anything in life.

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  • Ripson Lobo, Dubai / Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Oh My Devare. Its too early for him to quit politics. I can't believe it. Waise he kaun hai banda?

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You, for telling him to quit.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    😆😆😆😆😆......

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Who cares? Anybody who is not close to feku and daku are non-entities in the present political scenario of this Rashtra.

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