Babasaheb Bhosale

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Babasaheb Bhosale
बाबासाहेब भोसले
8th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
In office
21 January 1982 – 1 February 1983
Preceded by Abdul Rehman Antulay
Succeeded by Vasantdada Patil
Personal details
Born (1921-01-15)15 January 1921
Died 6 October 2007(2007-10-06) (aged 86)
Bombay Hospital, Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Religion Hindu

Babasaheb Anantrao Bhosale (15 January 1921 – 6 October 2007) was an Indian politician who served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 21 January 1982, until 1 February 1983.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Barrister Babasaheb Anantrao Bhosale was born on 15 January 1921 at Kaledhon(satara) in western Maharashtra state. He received a law degree and passed the Bar at Law in 1951 from England after leaving his village on a grant & returning afterwards. He practiced law for 8 years in Satara. He was then appointed as a member of the Maharashtra Revenue Tribunal for ten years.

His consequent appointment to Chief Minister by Indira Gandhi came as a breath of fresh air in an unprecedented first time in the History of Maharashtra where a man with no political background was handpicked for possessing the dynamism that was required for the time.

Political career[edit]

Bhosale was an active member of the students union while pursuing his studies in law at Rajaram college, Kolhapur. He was a freedom fighter during the Indian freedom movement and was sentenced to suffer four and a half years of imprisonment for his role during the Indian freedom movement. While he was suffering his sentence at Yerwada Central Jail, veteran freedom fighter late Tulsidas Jadhav was also suffering imprisonment for his role during the Indian freedom movement at the same prison. After his release, Bhosale's engagement took place at Yerwada Central Jail with Kalavati Babasaheb Bhosale, the daughter of late Tulsidas Jadhav since late Tulsidas Jadhav was still at the Yerwada Jail. This engagement which was witnessed by Mr. Advani, the then jailer of Yerwada Central Jail. Bhosale was first elected to the Maharashtra State Vidhan Sabha (state assembly) in 1980 as a representative of Nehru Nagar, which is located near Kurla suburb in Bombay.[2] Bhosale was appointed Chief Minister of Maharashtra in a surprise move by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to succeed Abdul Rehman Antulay.[1] Bhosale focused on the law and judiciary, labour, and transport departments while Chief Minister of the important Indian state.[1] His official residence in Malabar Hill in Bombay, which is called Varsha, was renamed 'Raigad' during his political tenure.[1] He was succeeded by Vasantdada Patil in 1983.[1]


Bhosale died at the Bombay Hospital in Mumbai on 6 October 2007 at 87 years of age.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Babasaheb Bhosale dead". The Hindu (India). 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Election results analysis 1978–2004". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 

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Preceded by
Abdul Rehman Antulay
Chief Minister of Maharashtra
21 January 1982 – 1 February 1983
Succeeded by
Vasantdada Patil