→ Former Member of Parliament, renowned pro-Vidarbha leader and founder of Vidarbha Janata Congress, Jambuwantrao Dhote passed away at the age of 78 on Saturday morning around 3 AM after suffering from a cardiac arrest at Yavatmal.
→ An admirer of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, Dhote started his political career with the left-wing nationalist party All India Forward Bloc founded by Bose in 1939. He later joined Congress in the late 70’s before finally joining Shiv Sena.
→ Dhote was elected as the member of Maharashtra Assembly for five terms; in 1962 and in 1967 as a Forward Bloc candidate and in 1978 as a Congress member. In 1964, Dhote became the first MLA whose membership was suspended in the Maharashtra Assembly. He was suspended after he threw a paper weight at the speaker of the house!
→ Dhote was a fierce pro-Vidarbha leader and was often called as the ‘Lion of Vidarbha’. Dhote was the son-in-law of veteran Congress leader and former deputy chief minister, late Ramrao Adik. His wife, Vijaya was also a Congress legislator from Yavatmal.
→ Dhote is survived by his wife, Vijaya and two daughters, Kranti and Jwala. His last rites of will take place in Yavatmal on Sunday.