He was 86.
Devkate was Minister of State for Dairy Development from 1999 to 2003 in the Congress-NCP government led by VilasraoDeshmukh.
Chavan said the party had lost a grassroots leader.
"His contribution was immense in socio, political and cooperative fields in Maharashtra," he said.
Vikhe-Patil said Devkatewas a visionary leader.
"Due to his grassroots contact and efficiency he got to represent his constituency for five consecutive times," he added.
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