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Former union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde renews licence after 53 years, pays fine

Shinde, who was also former Maharashtra chief minister, had to pay a fine of Rs 2,560 to renew his licence since it expired in 1965

pune Updated: Jul 29, 2017 11:51 IST
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Sushilkumar Shinde
Sushilkumar Shinde(HT PHOTO)

Former union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde got his licence renewed on Thursday after 53 years. The former Maharashtra chief minister had to pay a fine of Rs 2,560 for the new licence.

Shinde went to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Solapur on Thursday and completed all the formalities for his licence renewal. He was handed over the new driving licence by the RTO authorities in presence of photographers. Seventy-six year old Congress leader had held several important positions in the past in Maharashtra and in Delhi as well. He had also contested the election for the post of vice president. 

Shinde’s driving licence expired in 1965 when he was working as a bailiff in the Solapur court. Later, he joined Maharashtra police as a constable and became police sub-inspector. 

He was with the Maharashtra police for almost ten years before he joined active politics in 1974. He was elected as a MLA from Karmala constituency in Solapur district. 

Shinde lost the Lok Sabha constituency from Solapur – his home town – in 2014. He is keeping a low profile since then. He was recently appointed as the Congress general secretary, in-charge of Himachal Pradesh. His daughter – Praniti – is a Congress MLA from Solapur city.