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Anil Deshmukh's eventful journey in Maharashtra politics hits a roadblock

Except for the Devendra Fadnavis- led government during 2014-19, Deshmukh has managed to find a berth in the state ministry irrespective of which party came to power in the last over two decades

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Anil Deshmukh
Anil Deshmukh

Except for the Devendra Fadnavis-

led government during 2014-19, Anil Deshmukh has managed to find a berth in the state ministry irrespective of which party came to power in the last over two decades.

That journey hit a roadblock on Monday as he quit the Uddhav Thackeray-led ministry after the Bombay High Court ordered a CBI probe into the allegations of extortion against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

Deshmukh (70), who hails from Wadvihira village near Katol in Nagpur district, began as an independent MLA in 1995, extending support to the then Shiv Sena-led government - in which BJP was a partner - and was made a minister of state.

In 1999, he broke off his ties with the Sena-BJP government and joined the newly-formed Nationalist Congress Party. He won from Katol Assembly seat and was inducted in the Congress-ministry as a cabinet minister in 2001.

He was dropped during a cabinet reshuffle and rejoined the ministry in 2009 and held charge of food, civil supplies and consumer protection.

Deshmukh lost the 2014 Assembly elections to his nephew but regained the Katol seat in 2019.

He recently scored a self-goal in the Legislative Assembly while attacking the BJP and claiming how good is the law and order situation in

Deshmukh pointed to the alleged suicide of Lok Sabha member Mohan Delkar and also that of an IAS official "from Madhya Pradesh" in Maharashtra, claiming that both felt they would only get justice in and not in their home states that are ruled by the BJP.

Leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis immediately pointed out that the IAS officer, whom Deshmukh had referred to, hailed from Congress-ruled Chattisgarh. An embarrassed Deshmukh had to set the record straight in the House.

Singh is not the first bureaucrat to attack him. In April 2020, he was criticised by a retired IAS officer and chairman of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission Anand Kulkarni, who threatened to "expose" Deshmukh over alleged corruption in the allotment of molasses and transfers of excise officials.

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First Published: Mon, April 05 2021. 17:32 IST
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