Dilip Walse Patil is an Indian politician and a leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). He is a seven-time Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from his bastion Ambegaon and has been winning from the constituency since 1990 consecutively. Dilip was appointed as the Home Minister of Maharashtra in April 2021 after the former Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh, resigned from the post amid corruption charges against him.
Dilip Walse was born on Tuesday, 30 October 1956 (age 64 years; as of 2020) in Ambegaon, Pune, Maharashtra. His full name is Dilip Dattatray Walse Patil, while his zodiac sign is Scorpio. Dilip graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Mumbai’s Ruia College in 1978, followed by a Diploma in Journalism from Siddharth College, Mumbai in 1979. Thereafter, he decided to study law for which he attained LLB and LLM degrees from Government Law College, Mumbai University in 1981 and 1983, respectively. After concluding his formal education, Patil’s father, Dattatray Gavindrao Walse Patil, placed him under Sharad Pawar, who was then a prominent leader of the Indian National Congress, as his personal assistant. Patil entered active politics under the guardianship of Sharad Pawar and has since then been leading a successful political career ranging over three decades.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Caste
His father, Dattatray Govindrao Walse Patil, was an Indian National Congress MLA.
Wife & Children
Dilip’s wife, Kiran, and their daughter, Purva, are the directors of a construction firm named Purva Constructions.
Dilip embarked on his political career in 1990 by successfully contesting the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election from the Ambegaon constituency on the ticket of the Indian National Congress (INC). He has remained successful in retaining the Ambegaon seat in all the legislative elections that have been held since then.
Dilip, being a loyalist of Sharad Pawar, left the Indian National Congress and subsequently sided with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) formed by Sharad Pawar in May 1999 after Sharad was expelled from the Indian National Congress. Since the inception of NCP, Dilip has stayed as a core member of NCP’s decision-making committee and is seen as a prominent leader of Sharad Pawar-led NCP.
In 2009, Dilip was elected as the speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. He held the position of speaker from 2009 to 2014.
In April 2021, Dilip replaced Anil Deshmukh as the Home Minister of Maharashtra. This came after Anil Deshmukh resigned as Home Minister in mid-term in the wake of corruption allegations levied against him by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Dilip holds vast experience of serving as a minister in the Government of Maharashtra with different portfolios including Finance and Planning, Energy, Higher and Technical Education, and Medical Education.
Dilip Walse Patil’s net worth is over Rs. 5.6 crore. Out of which, total movable assets to his name stands at Rs. 3.9 crore (approx.), while immovable registered in his name are over Rs. 3 crore. The information given above was declared by Dilip in his election affidavit filed with the Election Commission ahead of the 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election.
- Dilip Walse Patil served as the president of the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Limited (NFCSF) before he resigned in December 2020 after he became the Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra.
- Reportedly, he was a prime contender for the post of Home Minister during the formation of the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government; however, he had refused to chair the post, citing health issues.
- Dilip is known to uplift the education system in his constituency by improving education standard in his educational institutions and setting up new colleges.
- Dilip Patil has a pending criminal case of defamation registered against him in the Bombay High Court in 2015.
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