Raosaheb Shekhawat

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Raosaheb Shekhawat
In office
Personal details
Political partyIndian National Congress
ParentsPratibha Patil (mother)
Devisingh Ransingh Shekhawat (father)

Raosaheb Shekhawat (born Rajendrasingh Shekhawat, also spelled Rajendra Singh Shekhawat)[1] is a politician in the Indian state of Maharashtra. He is a former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the Amravati constituency of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.


Raosaheb Shekhawat is the son of Pratibha Patil, a former President of India, and Devisingh Ransingh Shekhawat, a former MLA and mayor for Amravati.[2] He has a sister.[3]


Shekhawat, who has a son and a daughter, was a car dealer in Mumbai from 1990 until he became a politician.[4] Prior to being elected to the state legislature in 2009, Shekhawat had worked for the Indian National Congress (INC) for a decade. He had been vice-president of the Amravati District Congress Committee and secretary of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee, as well as having involvement with the Seva Dal and Youth Congress.[5] He had been looking for an opportunity to be elected since 2004.[4]

Shekhawat won the Amravati Vidhan Sabha seat in the 2009 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections. Standing as a candidate of the INC, he defeated the incumbent, Sunil Deshmukh, by 5614 votes. There were accusations that Shekhawat's family connections had influenced the INC decision to select him as a candidate, which had in turn caused Deshmukh - previously himself an INC representative - to stand as an independent. Shekhawat's mother and father had in the past been elected to represent the town in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha, respectively.[1]

Shekhawat again contested the Amravati seat in the 2014 elections, as also did Deshmukh. On this occasion, it was Deshmukh, now standing as a candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party, who emerged as victor.


  1. ^ a b "President son wins close match". The Telegraph. Calcutta. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  2. ^ "Rashtrapati Bhavan to lend 155 gifts to Amravati museum". Business Standard. PTI. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  3. ^ "Ex Governor of Rajasthan". Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Secretariate. Archived from the original on 2013-08-04. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  4. ^ a b Naithani, Shobhita (10 October 2009). "Impatient Inheritor". Tehelka Magazine. 6 (40). Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  5. ^ Rodrigues, Rommel (11 October 2009). "Another precedent". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2016-01-11.