Patangrao Kadam, senior Congress leader and a former minister in Maharashtra, passed away at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on Friday.
Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi visited Lilavati hospital on Friday evening to inquire about Patangrao’s health. During her visit to hospital, Sonia was accompanied by Mahrashtra Congress president and former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan. AICC general secretary Mohan Prakash accompanied her as well.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi condoled the demise of Kadam. “My deepest condolences on the unfortunate demise of senior Congress leader and educationist Patangrao Kadam ji. This is an irreparable loss to the Congress party. My love and support to his family in this hour of grief,” read Rahul’s tweet.
CM Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “With the sudden demise of Dr. Patangrao Kadam ji, we have lost a great educationalist, social and political leader! His contribution in building cooperative sector will be remembered forever. He was the 1st person to pass SSC from his native village;had to travel 5-6 km every day to attend school. Keeping in mind his own pain he started Bharati Vidyapeeth in 1964 to serve society & provide education to all. My deepest condolences to his family and followers!”
Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan tweeted, “Patangrao’s demise as a ‘huge loss to Congress and Maharashtra.”
Patangrao Kadam’s mortal remains will be flown to his native village in Sangli district in Maharashtra where he will be cremated.
Patangrao Kadam was known for the quality educational institutes he set up. 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 and rehabilitation, education and industry under Congress -led governments during his decades-long political career.