Dhiraj Deshmukh, son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Union minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh, is contesting the ensuing Zilla Parishad elections from home turf Latur in Marathwada.
â€œMy father has always been an inspiration to me,â€ Dhiraj, who filed nomination papers on Wednesday told.
â€œI have been working at the zilla (district) level after the last Lok Sabha polls and have worked for the last two years as district Youth Congress president. I have been in touch with the rural parts of the district,â€ Dhiraj said.
â€œPeople here proposed my name from their ZP constituency. People have demanded my presence and I think this is the right time (to enter poll arena). Thatâ€™s how I am here,â€ he said.
Reminded about his fatherâ€™s journey from village and ZP level politics to becoming the CM and Union minister, Dhiraj said, â€œItâ€™s my wish to be with the people. What happens in life ahead, no one can speculate.â€
â€œIt is a coincidence that my father also started his political journey from the grassroots. He has always been an inspiration to me and the entire family,â€ he said.
His brother Riteish, who is a Bollywood actor, said he was proud of Dhiraj entering the poll arena.
â€œAbsolutely proud of you. Pappa would have been the happiest today,â€ he tweeted.
â€œI will vote for you... Not because you are my brother but because you are a deeply committed person. Proud,â€ Riteish added.
Dhirajâ€™s brother Amit Deshmukh is Congress MLA from Latur and also a former state minister. His uncle Diliprao Deshmukh is also a former minister.