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Balasaheb Vikhe Patil
Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Government of India
In office
1 July 2002 – 24 May 2003
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded bySuresh Prabhu
Succeeded bySubodh Mohite
Minister of State in Ministry of Finance
Government of India
In office
13 October 1999 – 1 July 2002
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byV. Dhananjay Kumar
Succeeded byAnant Geete
Member of Parliament
Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byPrasad Tanpure
Succeeded byConstituency Abolished
In office
Preceded byMaruti Devaram Shelke
Succeeded byDilip Kumar Gandhi
In office
Preceded byAnnasaheb Shinde
Succeeded byShankarrao Kale
Personal details
Born(1932-04-10)10 April 1932
Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
Died30 December 2016(2016-12-30) (aged 84)
Loni, Pravaranagar ( District Ahmednagar ), Maharashtra
Political partyIndian National Congress
Other political
Children5 including Ashok Vikhe Patil, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil & Rajendra Vikhe Patil,

Eknathrao alias Balasaheb Vikhe Patil (10 April 1932 – 30 December 2016) was an Indian politician and former Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises & Minister of state of Finance in Government of India. He has served as a Member of Parliament of Lok Sabha at various occasions representing Kopargaon & Ahmednagar.[1] He was a member of the Indian National Congress but later joined Shivsena.

Political career

He was a prominent leader of Maharashtra. He was a Minister in Third Vajpayee Ministry. He was seven time MP of Lok Sabha representing Kopargaon & Ahmednagar. He was firstly appointed as Minister of State in Ministry of Finance (India) & later on appointed as Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in Government of India.

Early life

He was the eldest son of Vithalrao Vikhe Patil, who started Asia's first Co-operative sugar factory at Loni in Maharashtra.



  1. ^ "Former Union minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil dies at 84".
  2. ^ Former Union Minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil got Padma Bhushan for social work Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine