Dr. Sunil Panjabrao Deshmukh (born 28 May 1958) is the Member of Legislative Assembly from the constituency of Amravati,Vidharbha Maharashtra, India. He belonged to the Indian National Congress (INC) which he quit in 2009 when he did not get a ticket. He was also the Minister of State for Finance and Planning, Public Works and Energy in the cabinet of the Government of Maharashtra(2004-2009). He was also the guardian minister for Amravati and Bhandara Districts of Vidarbha, Maharashtra from 2004-2009. Additionally, he also served as the ex-officio Vice-Chairman of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board's holding company and as the co-chairman of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd.
From October 2004 to December 2008, he held the portfolios for Water Resources, Command Area Development and Parliamentary Affairs in addition to Finance and Planning in former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's cabinet. He was also the Vice-Chairman of the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation Ltd. from 1999 to 2004.
He has been elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly thrice from the constituency of Amravati. The first two times, he defeated his nearest contestant, Jagdish Motilal Gupta of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by about 10,000 votes and about 32,000 votes respectively. The third time, he defeated Raosaheb Shekhawat of the Indian National Congress by a margin of 35,072 votes.
He is widely credited with changing the face of modern Amravati. It is due to his efforts that a number of important projects were implemented for the betterment of the constituency. These include the Integrated Road Development Project (IRDP), the construction of a Superspecialty Hospital in the city and sanctioning of a Five-Star MIDC and the introduction of the Advantage Amravati plan, due to which Amravati has attracted considerable industrial and commercial investments. Besides, he has also worked for the upliftment of the backward classes and slum dwellers by bringing the Gharkul Yojana to Amravati, which provided concrete houses to such people for merely Rs. 100. Official figures state that nearly 20,000 such houses have been constructed in Amravati.
Ongoing projects under him include the construction of a state-of-the-art Amravati Airport and the sanctioning of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near Amravati, so as to attract industries and generate employment opportunities.
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Intro Elected Offices Held Positions Served Vidhan Sabha Elections, 1999 Vidhan Sabha Elections, 2004 Vidhan Sabha Elections, 2009 Janvikas Congress Party and Amravati Municipal Corporation election, 2012 Vidhan Sabha Elections, 2014 Sources
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