Sundarrao Solanke

Sundarrao Abasaheb Solankhe (1927-2014) was an Indian politician who served as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra state.[1]

Sundarrao Abasaheb Solanke
2nd Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra
In office
18 July 1978 – 17 February 1980
GovernorSadiq Ali
Chief MinisterSharad Pawar
Preceded byNasikrao Tirpude
Succeeded byPresident's Rule
President, Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandal
President, Beed Zilla Parishad
Personal details
Born17 September 1927
Mohkhed, Marathwada, Hyderabad Princely State
Died5 November 2014
Majalgaon, Maharashtra
ChildrenPrakashdada Solanke
Dhairyashil Solanke
Chandrakant Solanke

Early lifeEdit

Sundarrao Solanke was born in affluent Solunke maratha family of Mohikhed village in Majalgaon tehsil of Beed district. He did his graduation in LLB at Osmania University of erstwhile Hyderabad state. Though he wanted to become doctor his elder brother Dajisaheb Solanke Patil requested him to become an advocate and serve the people of Maharashtra.[citation needed]

Political lifeEdit

Solanke was elected for first time as a member of Beed local board in 1962 and became the first president of Beed Zilla Parishad.[citation needed]

As a president of Beed zilla parishad he worked for overall development of the district and made a separate identity in the politics of Beed district. In 1967, general assembly elections as well as Loksabha elections were announced and Solanke declared candidate of Congress from Kaij constituency. That time Beed district politics was dominated by Communist ideology. Nana Patil was contesting for Beed Loksabha seat. Comrade Gangadhar Appa Burande of Communist Party of India filed nomination against Solanke. Under leadership of Yashwantrao Chavan and Vinayakrao Patil, Solanke won election. He became MLA for first time and given responsibility of deputy minister.[citation needed]

In 1972 Maharashtra assembly elections, his Kaij constituency was reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates and so Solanke decided to contest election from Georai constituency of Beed District. He was elected unopposed and became a cabinet minister in governments of Vasantrao Naik and Shankarrao Chavan government.[citation needed]

He was elected from Majalgaon constituency in 1978 for the third time as MLA, once again from a different constituency. In 1978 when Vasantdada Patil was the chief minister of Maharashtra, Sharad Pawar and Solanke withdrew support and formed new government under Progressive Democratic Front. Pawar became chief minister and Solanke became deputy chief minister.

As Deputy Chief Minister, Solanke recommended waiving the bunding loans of farmers in cabinet, which was agreed.[citation needed]

Solanke crossed over to Indira Congress in 1980, but was defeated in Najalgaon Vidhan Sabha seat by Govindrao Dak of Urs Congress. [2] He never contested elections after that defeat.

Developmental workEdit

Solanke was instrumental in the establishment of many sugar-producing factories in the region.[citation needed]

Also construction of Beed-Parali road, Parali Thermal Power plant, Majalgaon dam, Majalgaon hydroelectric project, Kundalika project started and completed during his times by his efforts.[3]

Controversy over Majalgaon Dam

The Jayakwadi stage II project that is Majalgaon Dam approved by government of Maharashtra due to Solanke. But while construction of dam a serious communal problem arose. There was one religious holy place or structure in the project affected area, stalling the project work due to heavy opposition from respective followers to shift the same. Solanke tried unsuccessfully to get support to continue the project work. Finally he has decided to shift the religious structure ignoring the opposition and completed the Majalgaon Dam successfully. This project changed the face of the Majalgaon, parts of Jalna and Parbhani district. In the next assembly elections, in 1980, most of the community believing in holy structure voted against him. He lost by margin of 3500 votes and decided not to contest elections again.[citation needed]


A statue commemorating Solanke was erected at Sundarnagar after his death.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Senior veteran congress leader Sundarrao Solanke passed away". google India. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
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  3. ^ "Sundarrao Solanke passed away". google India. Retrieved 26 October 2017.