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CHIEF MINISTER VILASRAO DESHMUKH CREATES HISTORY – BECOMES THE SECONG LONGEST SERVING CHIEF MINISTER OF MAHARASHTRA

cm-2At 63, Vilasrao Deshmukh has become the second longest serving Chief Minister of Maharashtra completing 87 months as the Chief Minister. He has surpassed the innings of NCP President Sharad Pawar. On October 30, Deshmukh will complete seven years and three months as chief minister of the state spread over two innings – 1999-2002 and 2004-2008 – a feat Pawar could not achieve despite holding the post four times between 1978 and 1995 with interruptions. However, the bigger milestone which remains unconquered is the 11-year uninterrupted rule of former chief minister Vasantrao Naik. Even the stalwarts like late Yashwantrao Chavan and Vasantdada Patil, known as the chief architects of Maharashtra, have served less than four years at a stretch. Though Pawar achieved the feat of becoming the youngest chief minister at 38, he never managed to complete full tenure. Bureau report NMTV

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