The golden oldie of Maharashtra polls

Age no bar

At 94, he is the oldest candidate in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections. And for Congressman Sa Re Patil, being disciplined and continuing to work for people is a way of life.

Appasaheb alias Satgonda Revgonda Patil, popularly known as Sa Re Patil, is contesting from Kolhapur district’s Shirol constituency. He is respected by politicians, parties and people .

There are nine candidates against him, including Shiv Sena’s Patil Ulhas Sambhaji and Rajendra Shamgonda Patil of the Nationalist Congress Party. Raju Shetti’s Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana has put up Savkar Madnaik against him.

“My body is fit, my mind works and I will continue to work for people,” says Patil as he meets people in his constituency. 

“I must thank the party as it has reposed faith in me.”
.He is politically active in the sugar belt of Western Maharashtra.

Sa Re Patil  was born on December 21, 1921. He sports a golf cap. As he travels in his SUV, he gets down to meet people. 

Shirol is part of the Hatkanangle Lok Sabha constituency along with five other Vidhan Sabha segments— Shahuwadi, Hatkanangle and Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur district and Islampur and Shirala—in Sangli district. Hatkanangale is represented in the Lok Sabha by Shetti.

Patil first fought polls in 1957 as an Independent and defeated the Congress candidate. For the next four decades, he did not take part in electoral politics and focused on his sugar factory instead. In 1999, however, he contested and lost. In 2009, he won the election.

Patil manages the Shree Datta Shetkari Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd., Shirol. He has travelled extensively all over the world and visited 31 countries on various study tours. He has been felicitated by many prestigious individual awards for his social work and dedication in the co-operative movement.

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