90-year-old in poll fray, courtesy young Rahul Gandhi

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Mumbai:  A 90-year-old farmer is contesting the October 13 Assembly polls from Shirol constituency in Kolhapur district of western Maharashtra as a Congress candidate, courtesy party general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Satgonda Revgonda Patil, who was denied a party ticket from the same constituency in 2004, was given one this time after Rahul Gandhi suggested his name.

On March 4 2008, during a tour of western Maharashtra to study the plight of sugarcane growers, Rahul happened to visit Patil's greenhouse.

The then 89-year-old's zest impressed the young Congress MP, who suggested the party to nominate Patil for the Assembly polls, a Maharashtra unit party functionary said.

The nonagenarian is, however, not new to electoral politics.

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Half a century ago, in 1957, he had won the Assembly polls against a Congress nominee. He later concentrated on farming and still works for well over 12 hours in the field, explaining other farmers, new agriculture techniques.

In 1991, Patil fought Lok Sabha polls as an Independent but lost. He won the 1999 Assembly polls from Shirol as a Congress candidate.

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