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Senior Congress leader Patangrao Kadam dies in Mumbai

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Senior and former Patangrao Kadam, who was undergoing treatment at a hospital here, passed away tonight, family sources said.

The Pradesh Committee (MPCC) also confirmed his demise.

He was 72 and is survived by his son Vishwajeet Kadam, a Youth who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election from Pune in 2014.

Earlier in the day, Congress visited Lilavati Hospital, where Kadam had been undergoing He had been put on ventilator for the past few days as his condition remained serious.

Born in a lower-middle class family in Sangli district of Western Maharashtra, Kadam had a rapid rise in the fields of and education.

He joined the Congress and was elected to the state Assembly four times from Palus-Kadegaon constituency in

Kadam also founded Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, an educational empire which is spread across the state.

He held key portfolios such as cooperation and forest in the Congress-NCP government (1999 to 2014). Kadam also used to head a local cooperative sugar mill.

The late leader also served as of the State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC).

During his stint at MSRTC, Kadam started a scheme under which every major village in the state was connected with MSRTC bus service.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 23:30 IST