RUTURAJ SANJAY PATIL
Grandson of Padmashree awardee Dr. D.Y. Patil and nephew of MLA & former state Minister Mr. Satej D. Patil, he has been looked upon as a potential future leader in the southern constituency of Kolhapur.
Ruturaj was born on 31th May 1990. He is the son of noted agriculturist and educationist Dr. Sanjay D. Patil. He completed his education in Kolhapur at St. Xaviers School and later on at Vivekananda College. During his time at Vivekananda, he began to actively participate in various social causes. He was widely regarded as a charismatic youth leader with a huge following among the young generation. Later on, he completed his graduation from Mumbai followed by a post graduate certification from LeHigh University Pennsylvania, USA.
While in college, Ruturaj won a hard-fought contest taking the 2007 Shivaji University election against the much older university candidates. His victory was greeted with an unusual degree of enthusiasm and excitement from the youth – not just in the university campus, but around the various colleges in the district as well where Ruturaj had campaigned actively.
Ruturaj Patil attracted significant electoral popularity helped by his own personality and the political network of his Uncle and MLA Mr. Satej alias Bunty D. Patil. His ambition, motivation and capacity for hard work were evident when he managed to get all seats elected when he was given the responsibility of campaigning in five wards for the Municipal elections. He was also actively involved in the selection process of the Mayor, Dy. Mayor and several other members of the civic body.
In the past five years, Ruturaj actively campaigned in the Loksabha, VidhanSabha, Zila Parishad, Panchayat and Gokul Dairy elections. He began to be noted for retaining a dignified and calm demeanor, slowly, his fame rose and he gathered a huge following of young people behind him. He organized many youth festivals which were attended by the celebrities of Bollywood, such as Kapil Sharma, Ajay-Atul, Arijit Singh etc.
Equality Meets Opportunity
Ruturaj seeks to unite people in the face of divisive issues. Few years ago, he launched the “Ruturaj Patil Foundation” as a vehicle for encouraging youths to join together in promoting respect and understanding in the local community. His campaign generates a flood of popular grassroots support, making use of social media and internet networking. He has mesmerized many in the political circles with his strong, articulate views. His Impression of charismatic and unique personality, is an increasing rarity in modern politics.