Maharashtra's politicial barons

Written by Express news service | Mumbai | Updated: Oct 22 2014, 18:11pm hrs
For decades, sugar in Maharashtra has been synonymous with cooperatives. Not anymore. And the trend of their marginalisation is unlikely to be reversed under the new BJP-led government for, the list of the new private sugar barons includes politicians from all parties:

SUBHASH DESHMUKH

BJP; won Solapur South

Lokmangal Group; 3 mills; 1.43 lakh tonnes in 2013-14

AJIT PAWAR

NCP; won Baramati

Shri Ambalika Sugar, Daund Sugar, Jarandeshwar Sugar Mills (combined output 2.28 lakh tonnes) have directors said to be linked to him

RAJENDRA PAWAR

Ajits cousin, Sharad Pawars nephew

Baramati Agro mills, Indapur and Kannad; 86,891 tonnes

NITIN GADKARI

BJP; union transport minister

3 factories; 61,933 tonnes

VINOD TAWDE

BJP; won Borivali

Shreenath Mhaskoba Mill, Daund; 41,155 tonnes

SIDDHARAM MHETRE

Congress; former state minister

Matoshri Laxmi Sugar, Akkalkot; 57,500 tonnes

PRUTHVIRAJ DESHMUKH

BJP; lost to Congs Patangrao Kadam in Palus-Kadegaon

Cane Agro Energy, Kadegaon; 55,064 tonnes

BABASAHEB

MOHANRAO PATIL

NCP; lost to Independent Vinayakrao Jadhav Patil in Ahmadpur

Siddhi Sugar, Ujana; 53,735 t

RATNAKAR MANIKRAO

GUTTE

Rashtriya Samaj Paksha candidate in Gangakhed; lost

Gangakhed Sugar & Energy; 54,950 tonnes

BABANRAO SHINDE

NCP; won Madha

Vitthalrao Shinde Cooperative Factory, Madha

SANJAY SHINDE

Babanraos brother

Vitthal Corporation Mill

DILIPRAO DESHMUKH

Vilasrao Deshmukhs brother

Jagruti Sugar & Allied Industries, Deoni

PATANGRAO KADAM

Congress; won Palus-Kadegaon

Sonhira Cooperative, Kadegaon

MOHANRAO KADAM

Patangraos brother

Udgiri Sugar & Power

BABANRAO PACHPUTE

BJP; former NCP minister; lost in Shrigonda

Shri Saikrupa Sugar, Shrigonda