"Patil personified values of honesty and simplicity in public life. He served as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra and handled the crucial portfolio of Home at a critical juncture".
"Patil who came from a humble background always maintained contacts with people of the state and with his electorate. In his demise, at a relatively young age, Maharashtra has lost a seasoned parliamentarian and a committed social worker".
"I pay my respects to the memory of late Patil and convey my heartfelt condolences to members of the bereaved family," he said.