Vasant Davkhare

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Vasant Shankar Davkhare
Member of Maharashtra Legislative Council
In office
9th June 2010 – 8th June 2016
Succeeded by Ravindra Phatak, Shiv Sena
Constituency Thane Local Authorities
Personal details
Born (1949-11-08) 8 November 1949 (age 67)
Maharashtra, India
Political party National Congress Party
Spouse(s) Late Smt. Shakuntala Vasant Davkhare
Children Prabhod Davkhare, Niranjan Davkhare
Residence Thane

Vasant Shankar Davkhare is an Indian politician of the Nationalist Congress Party and deputy chairman of Maharashtra Legislative Council. In 1986 Mr Dhavkare was elected as Corporator in Thane Municipal Corporation. In 1987 he was elected as Mayor of Thane Municipal Corporation. He was elected unopposed to Maharashtra Legislative Council in May 2010 after Shiv Sena candidate Shri Ramesh Jadhav withdrew his candidature.[1] From 1992 till as on date he is elected four times to Maharashtra Legislative Council.

He has been the Deputy Chairman of the Maharashtra Legislative Council since 1998.[2] On 13 July 2010, he was re-elected unopposed as Deputy Chairman of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, after Shiv Sena MLC Shri. Kiran Pawaskar withdrew his candidature. His name was proposed by Indian National Congress MLC Shri. Ulhas Pawar and it was seconded by Nationalist Congress Party member Shri Hemant Takle.[3]

On 22 May 2010 Shri Davkhare's wife Smt Shakuntala Davkhare [53] died due to massive cardiac arrest.[4]

Shri. Vasant Davkhare offered Rs. 100000/- to family of Ishrat Jahan, a 19 year student who was killed in encounter on June 15, 2004 by Gujarat Police. (Ishrat's mother returned the check) [5]

Maharashtra Legislative Council Deputy Chairman Vasant Davkhare has been re-elected unopposed from the Thane self-government local bodies seat to the Upper House.

Shiv Sena withdrew its candidate from the fray after Davkhare called on party chief Bal Thackeray at his residence 'Matoshree' in suburban Bandra yesterday.

The election was scheduled for May 28.

NCP spokesman Madan Bafna said his party, to which Davkhare belongs, Congress and other allies had a comfortable majority in the Thane district local bodies.

"Davkhare enjoys good personal equations with all political parties in the district. It was going to be a one- sided election. Our party is satisfied that the Opposition candidate withdrew from the race. We thank all the political parties which helped facilitate the election of Davkhare unopposed," he said.

This will be Davkhare's fourth term in the Council from the Thane self-government local bodies seat.

Bafna said Davkhare's election, coupled with the massive victory of the party in the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation polls last month, has boosted the NCP's morale in the neighbouring district.