Antulay or 'barrister Antulay' as he is known in Maharashtra political circles, is one of the senior most Ministers in the UPA Government.india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 15:37 IST
An old loyalist of the Nehru-Gandhi family, 77-year old Abdul Rehman Antulay or 'barrister Antulay' as he is known in Maharashtra political circles,is one of the senior most Ministers in the UPA Government.
The four-time Lok Sabha member from Kulaba Lok Sabha constituency in the coastal Konkan region, had shot into limelight after the controversial cement scam during his tenure as Maharashtra chief minister.
He lost his job as chief minister and became a political pariah for years, though years later the courts gave him a clean chit.
A barrister-at-law, Antulay was educated at Bombay University and Lincolin`s Inn, London. He began his political career in the late 50s and in 1960, was appointed Youth Congress president of Maharashtra.
In 1962, he became District Congress Committee president and also MPCC General Secretary. During 1962-76 and 1980-89, he was a Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and served on various legislative panels.
Antulay was inducted as minister of state into the state cabinet in 1969 and till February 1976, held portfolios like Law and Judiciary, Ports and Fisheries. He was later elevated to Cabinet rank and handled Law & Judiciary, Building, Communication and Housing.
His moment of crowning glory came in June 1980 when he became chief minister of Maharashtra. He remained in the post till January 1982, when he quit the post in the wake of the cement scam.
Antulay was a member of the Rajya Sabha during 1976-80. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989, 1991 and 1996. During June 1995 and May 1996, he was Union Cabinet Minister, Health and Family Welfare and also held additional charge of Water Resources in 1996.