Balasaheb Vikhe Patil
|Born||10 April 1932|
|Died||30 December 2016 (aged 84)|
Loni, Pravaranagar ( District Ahmednagar )
|Political party||BJP INC|
|Children||5 including Ashok Vikhe Patil, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil & Rajendra Vikhe Patil,|
|Father||Vithalrao Vikhe Patil|
Eknathrao alias Balasaheb Vikhe Patil (10 April 1932 – 30 December 2016) was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Kopargaon and Ahmednagar (South) constituency of Maharashtra and was a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He later joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was a minister in the NDA. He was a prominent leader of Maharashtra and eldest son of Vithalrao Vikhe Patil, who started Asia's first Co-operative sugar factory at Loni in Maharashtra. He was awarded the prestigious civilian award Padma Bhushan on 31 March 2010 for his outstanding work in the field of Social Work. He was seven time MP, former Union Minister of State (Finance) and Union Cabinet Minister (Heavy Industries), Government of India.