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S. K. Patil
Minister of Railways
Preceded byH. C. Dasappa
Succeeded byCheppudira Muthana Poonacha
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
Succeeded byGeorge Fernandes
ConstituencyMumbai South
In office
June 1964 – 12 March 1967
Personal details
Born(1898-08-14)14 August 1898
Zarap, Kudal Taluka, Sindhudurg district, Bombay Presidency
Died24 May 1981(1981-05-24) (aged 82)
As of 17 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Sadashiv Kanoji Patil (abbreviated as S. K. Patil) (1898–1981) was a former Congress leader from Maharashtra. A veteran freedom-fighter, he was a qualified journalist, scholar and orator. He was thrice elected mayor of Bombay and was known as "the uncrowned king of Bombay".[1][2][3][4] He supported, assisted and nurtured a number of institutions, particularly in Mumbai and enriched the city culturally.[5][failed verification][citation needed]

Early life

He was born in 1898 in the village of Zarap between Kudal and Sawantwadi. His father was a police officer in Kolhapur State. He studied law in Poona, then migrated to Bombay at the age of 23 in 1921 to join the chambers of barrister Velingkar. He started his own law practice in 1929 and practised primarily in the small causes court and the city civil court, and a few civil appeal cases on the appellate side of the Bombay High Court. He was briefed to appear with M.A. Jinnah in a few criminal cases in the early 1930s. By the end of his active practice in the mid 1940s, he came to be known as a forceful pleader in first appeals before the high court. He was frequently briefed to appear before various district courts in Bombay Province.


He was the Member of Parliament from Bombay when it was part of the unified Bombay State. He was a union minister during the time of Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shashtri and Indira Gandhi. From 1964 to 1967 he was the union minister for railways. Though a three-time MP, he was defeated by George Fernandes in Mumbai South (Lok Sabha constituency) in 1967 for 4th Lok Sabha. He then fought a by-poll from Banaskantha in Gujarat and rejoined Lok Sabha. In 1969, during the split in the Congress party, he along with Morarji Desai and Nijalingappa became the leading lights of the Congress (O) faction. He contested from Banaskantha Lok Sabha seat in 1971 on Congress (O) ticket but lost to the Congress (R) candidate.

In the Lok Sabha discussions on the report of the States Reorganisation Commission, on 15 November 1955, Patil demanded that the Bombay city be constituted as an autonomous city-state, laying great stress on its cosmopolitan character. He had said in a meeting that Maharashtra will not get Mumbai in 5000 years. [6] However, Bombay state was partitioned into the present day states of Gujarat and Maharashtra in 1960, and the city of Bombay (now called Mumbai) became the capital of Maharashtra.


  1. ^ Rajdeep Sardesai's Blog : Wake up, Mumbai. (2009-10-16). Retrieved on 2014-05-21.
  2. ^ Kudaldeshkar Gaud Brahmin Snehavardhak Sangh. Retrieved on 2014-05-21.
  3. ^ When Fernandes Humbled the 'king'. Retrieved on 2014-05-21.
  4. ^ The Congress, Indira to Sonia Gandhi – Vijay Sanghvi – Google Books. Retrieved on 2014-05-21.
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  6. ^ Guha, Ramachandra (13 April 2003). "The battle for Bombay". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 July 2003. Retrieved 12 November 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)