Former Mayor of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) and staunch Congress loyalist, Tulsidas Mhatre, breathed last at 10 am on Tuesday after following a brief illness. He was 75-years-old.
Started his political career as a grass-root worker of the Congress party, Mhatre went on to become sarpanch, corporator, Deputy President in Municipal Council, Standing Committee Chairman and Mayor of the MBMC.
Born in 1945, Tulsidas Mhatre was known for his outspoken nature and straight forward approach to tackle civic issues. Mhatre also served as the Congress Mira Bhayadar unit President for a long stint. He played a significant role in strengthening the party’s base locally after Congress parted in two and Sharad Pawar-led NCP formed. However, he expanded the organization in Mira Bhayandar with his hard work. His departure has left a massive void in the Congress party that will never be filled. He is survived by two sons, daughters-in-law and a grandchild.
Mhatre was instrumental in shaping the twin-city. Mhatre laid the foundation of the Congress party in Mira Bhayandar. He worked for the Congress party from the beginning till the end. As a loyal Congress supporter, he chose to stay with the party even during the party’s downfall.
Tributes pour in
“The sudden demise of Mhatre Saheb has not only shocked Mhatre family but equally jolted the Congress family. Mhatre Saheb was an old guard and important foundation of Mira Bhayandar Congress. Tulsidas Mhatre made an invaluable contribution to the development of this city. However, his departure has created a huge void in the party. Heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace,” said Muzaffar Hussain, former MLC and Working President, MPCC.
Congress President Balasaheb Thorat’s tweet makes us understand what his statures were. MPCC President has also paid tributes to former mayor and senior Congress leader Tulsidas Mhatre, saying that he has lost an experienced dedicated public servant.
“He was a true son of the soil. We have lost a respectable personality from Mira Bhayandar’s politics and social work arena. Significantly, he was known as a leader who was always ready (24×7) to solve the problems of other locals. Heartfelt condolences to his memories,” tributed Geeta Jain, an Independent MLA from Mira Bhayandar.