Nashik: Senior Congress tribal chief and former union minister Manikrao Gavit handed away as a result of age-related sickness at a hospital in Nashik on Saturday, a celebration chief mentioned. Gavit served as Minister of State for Dwelling and later Social Justice beneath former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. He was 87 and is survived by his son Bharat and his daughter, ex-MLA Nirmala. Gavit was elected a file 9 occasions from the tribal dominated Nandurbar district from 1981 until 2009, however misplaced the elections beneath the Bharatiya Janata Get together wave of 2014. In 2019, his son Bharat joined the BJP after he was denied a ticket by the Congress whereas two-time MLA from Igatpuri (Nashik) Nirmala joined the Shiv Sena and was defeated.
Born in a humble tribal household at Dhulipada village in Nawapur of Nandurbar district, Gavit plunged into social life from his youth days. Beginning with the Gram Panchayat in 1965, he was later elected to the Dhule Zilla Parishad and in 1980 bagged the Nawapur Meeting seat.
From 1981 to 2009, he was elected from Nandurbar Lok Sabha constituency a file 9 consecutive occasions, making it one of many foremost Congress strongholds within the state. Within the fifteenth Lok Sabha, Gavit and CPM MP Vasudev Acharya had been the one two MPs elected 9 occasions who had been the star members of the decrease home.
Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole expressed grief over his demise and mentioned the state has misplaced a outstanding and far-sighted `people-oriented chief` who had a protracted expertise within the social and political enviornment.
Gavit, fondly considered Dadasaheb by his admirers had glorious relations with all and amongst varied obligations, held the submit of Interim Speaker of Lok Sabha as soon as, and served as Union MoS for Dwelling after which Social justice in Dr Singh`s authorities, added Patole.
“Dadasaheb`s passing has induced an irreparable loss to the state social and political spheres… I pay my homage to him and likewise share the grief of the Gavit household,” mentioned Patole.