A true veteran with unparalleled social
relevance and national eminence
Vilasrao Deshmukh's contribution to the glory of Maharashtra can be summed up in his achievements:
From pulling Maharashtra out of grave and severe economic crisis to finding a way out of the fiscal debt created by the BJP-Shivsena government. From restoring Maharashtra's pride of place amongst the leading international industrial development and India's No.1 state for business and investment. From facing the worst natural, manmade calamities that challenged the state to amassing maximum knowledge with his exposure to virtually every portfolio and department in the government. From being one of the few CMs to have kept the longest terms in power after Late Shri Vasantrao Naik to making his presence felt with the Congress Party High Command as the "star campaigner"in New Delhi. From establishing new landmarks in sugar technology in a remote place like Latur to forging amicable relations with leading figures in Sports and Cultural world. Despite his Marathwada origin, Vilasrao has spread his circle of influence to Western Maharashtra as well as other key regions of Maharashtra and the nation at large.
Though all these qualities may sound relevant to two great leaders from Maharashtra who have made it big in the Centre at New Delhi, viz. Shri Sharad Pawar and Shri.Vilasrao Deshmukh; it is more befitting for the later.
Both these stalwarts, with their impressive track record as ex-CMs of Maharashtra, have carved a veritable niche in the cabinet of Hon. Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh. Both the leaders have given prime importance to their respective constituency and their native Maharashtra state, even when busy attending to the affairs of the Central Government ministries that they successfully hold charge. Naturally, as the pride of Maharashtra's presence and clout in National Politics, both leaders and especially Vilasrao Deshmukh has attained highest zeniths of respectability and popular appeal. A tradition that is sure to be continued by their next generations; as both stalwarts have dedicated their children to serving the nation in their able footsteps.