Vilasrao Deshmukh is the Maharshta State Chief Minister. His is facing criticism for his handling of the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Read about it below and read his biography. Also see a photo and video.

Vilasrao Deshmukh is the Maharshta State Chief Minister. He and his deputy, R R Patil, are under fire for what is being viewed as a failure to handle terrorism effectively as part of the fallout from the Mumbai terrorist attacks this week.

The finger pointing started with Deputy R R Patil and was made worse by some insensitive remarks he made in the immediate aftermath of the Mumbai attacks. He seemed to have minimized and trivialized the attacks by implying it wasn’t an intelligence failure on his part as much as it is something that is bound to happen in any big city.

“In such a big city, one or two such incidents are bound to happen. This doesn’t mean that it was a total intelligence failure,” said R R Patil.

Then, to make matters worse, Deshmukh also took what is being viewed as a casual attitude towards the attacks. He took a tour of the devastated Taj Hotel and Trident Hotel with Bollywood film director Ram Gopal Verma and his own Bollywood movie star son Ritiesh Deshmukh. Many viewed this as turning what should have been a solemn occasion into a spectacle.

The Indian National Congress has made it clear that if there is a decision to remove R R Patil, then Vilasrao Deshmukh must also go. They say that the buck doesn’t stop with Patil, but with Deshmukh, and they will either both stay or go. At this point, the odds seem pretty long that either one of them will be able to keep their jobs following the terrorist attacks.

Vilasrao Deshmukh Biography

Vilasrao Dagadojirao Deshmukh was born on May 26, 1945 in Babhalgaon in the Latur district of India. He is 63-years-old. He graduated from M.E.S. Abasaheb Garware College with a Bachelors degree in Science and a Bachelors degree in the Arts. He got his law degree (L.L.B.) from ILS Law College of Pune University. He became active in politics when he was very young, particularly working in drought relief.

He started his political career in 1974 when he became a member of the Babhalgaon Village Panchayat. He stayed in that position until 1979. He was the village chief (Sarpanch) from 1974 to 1976. In 1979, he was elected to be the Director of the Osmanabad District Central Cooperative Bank and the Maharashtra State Coopertive Bank.

Deshmukh continued to be elected to positions in local and district politics through the 1970s and 1980s. From 1980 until 1995 he was a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. He was Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly during this time period.

He was elected to the State Legislative Assembly from Latur Constituency in October 2004 and became the Chief Minister on November 1, 2004. He is a member of the Indian National Congress, representing the Latur district in the Marathwada region of the state of Maharashtra.

He is married to Vaishali Deshmukh. They have three sons, Amit, Ritesh and Dheeraj. His son, Ritesh Deshmukh, is a Bollywood actor.

Vilasrao Deshmukh – Video