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Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Shivraj Patil, MPCC president Manikrao Thakre and others at the unveiling of a statue of the late Vilasrao Deshmukh at Nivada in Latur, Maharashtra.

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Bosom buddies Gopinath Munde, Pramod Mahajan and Vilasrao Deshmukh in ’95

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Villagers watch bullock cart race organised on former Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's first death anniversary at Rethare village in Karad, Maharashtra.

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There Will Be A Show Of Hands At a function to release a book on the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar tried taking down two birds with one stone. Even as he praised the late chief minister of Maharashtra for “taking quick decisions after understanding a person’s needs”, he also snapped at the ankles of the present administration, going as far as to say that it “acts as if it’s paralysed, and their hands shake with the tremors if they have to sign a file”. As if the veiled attack on the rigid procedures that present CM Prithviraj Cha­van likes to follow wasn’t bad enough, he went ahead and said that they (his NCP) have to stay mum because they have to work together. One wonders which quick decisions got Vilasrao into Pawar’s good books and perhaps also got him the chief minister’s seat des­pite Congress getting one seat less than NCP in the past assembly polls? Hmmm, over to the Congress now.

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The PM interacting with debt-ridden farmers of Koljhari village, Maharashtra

Riteish Deshmukh, Amit Deshmukh and Dheeraj performing rituals during immersion of the ashes of their father the late Vilasrao Deshmukh in Ganga in Varanasi.

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VILASRAO DESHMUKH, 67, ex-Maharashtra CM and Union minister whose crafty persona made him the ideal state coalition man. There were scandals aplenty too in his tenures, but few stuck.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan along with Congress party leaders paying tribute to Late Vilasrao Deshmukh in Mumbai.

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A TV grab shows members paying tribute to Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who died on Tuesday, in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi.

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Crowd of mourners during the funeral ceremony of Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in Latur.

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The crowd during Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's funeral ceremony at Babhalgaon in Latur.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paying his last respect to the mortal remains of Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh during his funeral at Babhalgaon in Latur. Congress President Sonia Gandhi is also seen.

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Congress activists pay tributes to former Maharashtra CM and Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in Thane in Mumbai.

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A file photo of Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh with his wife and sons. Deshmukh, who was suffering from a serious liver ailment, died in a hospital in Chennai.

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Indian national flag flying half-mast at Parliament House after the demise of Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in New Delhi.

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File Photo: Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh who was undergoing treatment for a serious liver ailment, died at a city hospital in Chennai. Deshmukh, 67, the Science and Technology Minister, was hospitalised in a critical condition, even as attempts were being made to find a donor for his liver transplant. An attempt to harvest liver from a brain dead donor from a government hospital here last night failed as the man died before doctors could operate on him.

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Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's daughter-in-law actress Genelia D'Souza arrives at a hospital, where Deshmukh is admitted since August 6, in Chennai.

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Supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare hold placards with portraits of former ministers and the Virbhadra Singh, left, Vilasrao Deshmukh, second from left, P. Chidambaram, right, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a protest at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi. Three followers of Hazare said they would continue their fast indefinitely to pressure the government into passing a strong law against corruption.

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Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Vilasrao Deshmukh arrives for questioning session by Adarsh Commission, in Mumbai.

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Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Vilasrao Deshmukh leaves after being questioned by Adarsh Commission, in Mumbai.

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Union Minister and Mumbai Cricket Association President Vilasrao Deshmukh along with MCA Secretary Ravi Sawant (R) and Vice President Ratnakar Shetty (L) addressing a press conference imposing a ban on Shah Rukh Khan's entry to Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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Minister for Science and Technology Vilasrao Deshmukh, left, speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens during a conference in New Delhi.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, and India's Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh (R) at the U.S.-India Partnering for Innovative Solutions event in New Delhi.

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The Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Vilasrao Deshmukh presenting the CSIR Young Scientist Award-2011 to Dr. Rahul Banerjee for outstanding contributions in Chemical Sciences, at the foundation day celebrations of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, in New Delhi.

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Congress party leader Vilasrao Deshmukh, right, presents a letter by the Prime Minister to anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare with assurance that both houses of Parliament passed a resolution supporting three points raised by him on the 12th day of his hunger strike against corruption in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Vilasrao Deshmukh talking to media regarding his meeting with Anna Hazare in New Delhi.

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Union Ministers Kapil Sibal and Vilasrao Deshmukh at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing monsoon session.

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Union Ministers Pawan Kumar Bansal, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Mukul Wasnik, Salman Khurshid and Kumari Selja leave after a cabinet meeting on Lokpal Bill in New Delhi.

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Union Agriculture Minister, ICC and MCA President, Sharad Pawar (L) along with Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh the candidate for MCA presidential election (against Dilip Vengsarkar) to be held in July 2011 in Mumbai.

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Minister for Rural Development Vilasrao Deshmukh during a ceremony near Sangli.

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Panchayati Raj Vilasrao Deshmukh speaks during a pre launch media briefing on National Rural Livelihood Mission in New Delhi.

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Union Ministers Praful Patel and Vilasrao Deshmukh paying their last respect to the body of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh.

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New Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel greets his predecessor Vilasrao Deshmukh before assuming charge at his office in New Delhi.

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New Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel being welcomed by his predecessor Vilasrao Deshmukh as the former arrives to assume charge at his office in New Delhi.

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Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Vilasrao Deshmukh (R) being greeted by MoS Pratik Prakashbapu Patil as he assumes charge at his office in New Delhi.

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Vilasrao Deshmukh and Shashi Tharoor look on before being sworn in as ministers.

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi along with NCP President Sharad Pawar, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, NCP candidate Praful Patel and other leaders during the first joint Cong-NCP rally at Sakoli in Bhandara district in Maharashtra.

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And, yes, his head finally rolled too. Congress accepted the resignation of Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks even as there was no clarity on who his successor will be.

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Thursday October 30, 2008
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh attend the tri-centenary celebrations of 'Guru-ta-Gaddi' at Sachkhand Hazur Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra.  The occasion marks 300 years of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs, as the last Guru by Guru Govind Singh.

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Thursday June 5, 2008
It was just another day in Maharahtra. "Activists" belonging to a "radical pro-Marathi organisation" attacked and vandalised the house of Kumar Ketkar, Editor of Loksatta, the Marathi newspaper of The Indian Express Group. "Some 70-80 men belonging to the Shiv Sangram, considered a socio-religious outfit and led by former NCP MLC Vinayak Methe, hurled stones, broke window panes, tarred doors and windows and tried to break into Ketkar’s house in the Kopri area of Thane. They also burnt copies of Loksatta on the road outside the house." What were they "protesting against"? An editorial ("All the problems have been solved. Now let’s build a statue") that mocked the state government plans to install a 309-foot-tall statue of Shivaji in the Arabian Sea off Marine Drive. As Ketkar was to explain later, the editorial was "critical of the government and politicians for resorting to symbolisms instead of tackling serious problems gripping the state.... Shivaji Maharaj himself did not go around erecting statues, he instead attended to people’s problems." Basically, it pointed out how such a proposal would serve well the purpose of distracting people from the more pressing issues, just as the Roman emperors used entertainment spectacles in their coliseums. "Shiv Sangram", floated about a decade ago, enjoys strong support from orthodox Marathas in the state, mainly from the NCP of Sharad Pawar which is a partner in the state’s coalition government. Also See: Mob On The Job

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