Kadam died last night at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for renal dysfuntion. He was 74.
From Mumbai, Kadam's mortal remains were taken to Pune earlier in the day. His body was kept at his residence for some time. Around 4 pm, the body was flown to his birthplace Sonsal village by helicopter and was cremated in Wangi.
Kadam was born in a lower-middle class family in Sonsal of Sangli district, Western Maharashtra, on January 8, 1944.
He founded the Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, an educational empire which is spread across the state, and also set up cooperative ginning mills and sugar mills in western Maharashtra.
He held key portfolios such as cooperation, forest, relief & rehabilitation, education and industry under Congress -led governments during his decades-long political career.