Vilasrao Deshmukh, 17th CM of Maharashtra, was born

Vilasrao Deshmukh, a prominent Congress Party leader and Member of Parliament, was a renowned politician from Maharashtra. In his entire political career spanning almost forty years, he held important positions in the Congress Party, state, and the central government. Deshmukh is best known for being the chief minister of the state for about ten years , a feat that is only second in the state, after Vasantrao Naik, who ruled for eleven years. He is remembered as a dreamer, who wanted to make Mumbai a city like Shanghai. He is also regarded as one of the very few politicians who could be approached at any time through phone.