PWP MLA Ganpatrao Deshmukh felicitated for 50 yrs in Assembly
Mumbai, Apr 3 (PTI) Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) legislator Ganpatrao Deshmukh, who has completed 50 years in the Legislative Assembly today said that the state had seen visionary leaders from the ruling and opposition benches, who had progressive and leftist ideals. "When I saw some members performing Maha-aarti on the floor of the House, I realised that unfortunately times had changed," Deshmukh said while replying to felicitation by the Mantralaya and Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh to mark his golden jubilee as a legislator. He said that the downslide phase was transitionary and stressed the need for social change. Deshmukh is in his 10th term in the legislative assembly. He represents the drought-prone Sangola assembly constituency in Solapur district. He has been a member of the legislative assembly since 1962 barring the 1995-1999 period. The veteran lauded former Chief Minister late Vasantrao Naik's contributions to mitigating the hardships of the people of the state during the devastating drought of 1972-73. He said he came into public life not with the intention of becoming an MLA and added that he was influenced by the Lefist thoughts since his student days. "I considered politics as a platform to bring about a social change," he said. "I will strive to complete my unfinished task of bringing water to the 13 drought-prone talukas of western Maharashtra," Deshmukh said. Deshmukh said his felicitation for completing 50 years as a legislator was an honour of the people from his constituency. "The young voters tell me that their grandfather and father voted for me and hence they were doing the same," he said while admitting that the vote-bank of PWP had reduced over the years. Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse Patil, Council chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh and veteran journalist Kumar Ketkar were prominent among those present on the occasion.
First Published on Apr 3, 2012 08:06 pm