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RR Patil to be cremated with state honours at native village Anjani today

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Mumbai: The mortal remains of former Maharashtra home minister RR Patil will be cremated at his native village Anjani in Tasgaon taluka of Sangli district on Tuesday.
The funeral for the NCP leader is expected to take place at around 1 pm today with full state honours.

The NCP leader, who was suffering from oral cancer, passed away in Mumbai yesterday.

His mortal remains were later kept at the party’s office in Mumbai for people to pay their last respects.

The 57-year-old passed away at the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra, where he was undergoing treatment.

He is survived by his wife, mother and two daughters.

Patil, a prominent NCP leader from Sangli in western Maharashtra, was operated upon last December at Breach Candy Hospital and was later shifted to Lilavati Hospital.

Patil was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1990 and appointed Rural Development Minister in the Congress-NCP government in 1999. He was allotted the important Home portfolio in 2003 after the then Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who held it, resigned in the wake of allegations of his involvement in the Telgi scam. He was made Deputy Chief Minister in 2004.

He had to step down as Home Minister after his remarks made in the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks that “small incidents do happen in big cities” triggered an outrage.

Patil was appointed Home Minister for a second time in 2009 after the Congress-NCP combine retained power in the state.

He was also the man behind the controversial decision to ban dance bars in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.

(With PTI Inputs)

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