Babasaheb Anantrao Bhosale was born on 15 January 1921 in Satara & died on 6 October 2007 in Bombay Hospital in Mumbai, was an Indian politician who served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 21 January 1982, until 1 February 1983.
He received a law degree and passed the Bar at Law in 1951 from England. He practiced law for eight years in Satara. He was then appointed as a member of the Maharashtra Revenue Tribunal for ten years.
Bhosale was an active member of the students union while pursuing his studies in law at Rajaram college, Kolhapur. He was a freedom fighter during the Indian freedom movement and was sentenced to suffer four and a half years of imprisonment for his role during the Indian freedom movement. While he was suffering his sentence at Yerwada prison, veteran freedom fighter late Tulsidas Jadhav was also suffering imprisonment for his role during the Indian freedom movement at the same prison. After his release, Bhosale’s engagement took place at Yerwada prison with Kalavati Babasaheb Bhosale, the daughter of late Tulsidas Jadhav since late Tulsidas Jadhav was still at Yerwada prison.
This engagement which was witnessed by Mr. Advani, the then jailer of Yerwada prison. Bhosale was first elected to the Maharashtra State Vidhan Sabha (state assembly) in 1980 as a representative of Nehru Nagar, which is located near Kurla suburb in Bombay. Bhosale was appointed Chief Minister of Maharashtra in a surprise move by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to succeed Abdul Rehman Antulay. Bhosale focused on the law and judiciary, labour, and transport departments while Chief Minister of the important Indian state. His official residence in Malabar Hill in Bombay, which is called Varsha, was renamed ‘Raigad’ during his political tenure. He was succeeded by Vasantdada Patil in 1983.
Bhosale died at the Bombay Hospital in Mumbai on 6 October 2007 at 87 years of age.