Sudhakar Rao Naik

Sudhakarrao Naik was an Indian politician who served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 1991 until 1993. Born at the remote Gavli village in the Vidarbha region, he was nephew of Mr Vasantrao Naik who was Chief Minister of Maharashtra for 11 years. He started his political career from his rural base as Sarpanch or village head. 

He started his larger political career from Pusad. His role as Education Minister is of Maharashtra is still held with high importance. Mr. Sharad Pawar gave him the post of Chief Minister when he was became a Minister at the Center. 

Mr Naik's tenure as Chief Minister was noted for his attempt to destroy the clout of the Mumbai Underworld and bring them under the aegis of the law. He arrested the well-known gangsters Pappu Kalani, MLA from Ulhasnagar, and Bhai Thakur (brother of gangster-MLA Hitendra Thakur, and he started to destroy their money and muscle power. 

However, politically, his differences with Sharad Pawar grew, and ultimately he had to resign. At one point, Sudhakar rao made a statement that Sharad Pawar had asked him to "go easy on Pappu Kalani".