Anil Deshmukh: The man once wooed by Uddhav may face the axe this time

The polling for the Maharashtra elections in 1995 had been completed, and the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seemed to be within striking distance of power. But there were apprehensions that the alliance could fall short of the half-way mark. Hence, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s son Uddhav toured Maharashtra with a ginger group of Shiv Sena leaders to solicit support from independent candidates with a high probability of being elected. Among those brought on board by Uddhav was 45-year-old Anil Vasantrao Deshmukh, who was elected as an independent from Katol in Nagpur. .....

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