Mumbai: Rich tributes were paid today to former deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of Maharashtra late R R Patil who passed away on February 16 last year after battling cancer.
Senior NCP leaders and thousands of admirers of Patil gathered at his native place in Sangli district of western Maharashtra to pay tributes to him. NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, “My heartfelt homage to the departed soul of late R R (Patil was popularly known as RR after his initials).
“A humble human, a saviour of dignity of woman, Patil worked ceaselessly to uphold social morality and to keep peace and tranquillity,” Pawar said.
Describing Patil as a “clean person,” the former Union Minister said the late NCP stalwart was a “Champion of cleanliness.” “Without him, we feel grief and loneliness,” Pawar tweeted.
Former Union minister Praful Patel said, “I pay my humble homage to R R Patil on his first death anniversary. “Aaba (another popular nickname for Patil) lives in our memories forever,” Patel added.
Raosaheb Ramrao Patil died at a city hospital on February 16 last year at 58. Patil was suffering from oral cancer.
His political career spanning over 25 years was marked by both milestones and controversies which he always handled confidently.