Girish Bapat Age, Death, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Girija Bapat
Hometown: Pune, Maharashtra
Age: 72 Years

Girish Bapat

Full nameGirish Bhalchandra Bapat [1]MyNeta
NicknameGirishbhau [2]The Indian Express
Profession Politician
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Political PartyBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (early 1980s - 2023)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flag
Political Journey• Joined BJP in early in 1980s
• Appointed as Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Pune in 1980
• Corporator, Pune Municipal Corporation (1982-1997)
• Appointed the Standing Committee Chairman of Pune Municipal Corporation in 1986-87
• Elected as MLA from Kasba Peth in 1995
• Member of Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (1996-1998)
• Chairman, State Transport, Maharashtra (1998-1999)
• Re-elected as MLA from Kasba Peth in 1999
• Re-elected as MLA from Kasba Peth in 2004
• Appointed as President of BJP, Pune in 2006
• Re-elected as MLA from Kasba Peth in 2009
• Chief Whip of BJP Legislative Party in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (2009-2014)
• Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (2010-2014)
• Re-elected as MLA from Kasba Peth in 2014
• Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Maharashtra (4 December 2014 – 4 June 2019)
• Minister of Food & Civil Supplies, Government of Maharashtra (4 December 2014 – 4 June 2019)
• Minister for Food & Drug Administration, Government of Maharashtra (31 October 2014 – 4 June 2019)
• Maharashtra State Guardian Minister for Pune district (December 2014 – 4 June 2019)
• MP from Pune (2019-2023)
Personal Life
Date of Birth3 September 1950 (Sunday)
BirthplaceTalegaon, Pune, Maharashtra
Date of Death29 March 2023
Place of DeathDeenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Center, Pune, Maharashtra
Age (at the time of death) 72 Years
Death CauseProlonged Illness [3]The Indian Express
Zodiac signVirgo
SignatureGirish Bapat's signature
Nationality Indian
HometownPune, Maharashtra, India
SchoolNew English School (NESR), Ramanbaug, Pune, Maharashtra
College/UniversityBrihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, affiliated with Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra
Educational QualificationBachelor of Commerce (1972) [4]My Neta
CasteBrahmin [5]The Indian Express
AddressFlat No. 105, Ameya Apartment, 212, Shaniwar Peth, Pune-411030, Maharashtra
ControversiesCriticized For His Remarks On Watching Obscene Video Clips at Night: In 2015, Girish Bapat stirred controversy for his remark about watching "video clips at night." During a student's convention, he said,
"We also watch those video clips which you see on your mobiles at night. Do not think we have turned old. We are still young at heart."
Thereafter, the video featuring his remarks went viral on the internet leaving BJP red-faced. A police complaint was filed by a law student named Yogesh Kamte under section 294 of IPC for his alleged "obscene" remark at a public place. However, the police did not admit the complaint. In the aftermath of his remarks, NCP activists staged a silent demonstration in front of Bapat's residence after its leader Vandana Chavan described the comment as "uncultured and irresponsible." [6]Hindustan Times Later, Bapat tried to downplay the controversy while addressing the media by saying,
"It was a comment made in a lighter vein. It had no obscene connotation. However, I could have avoided it."

Viral Pictures of Girish Bapat and an 'Unidentified' Lady: In 2016, a few pictures of Girish Bapat went viral on the internet in which he was seen holding the hands of a woman party worker.
The viral image of Girish Bapat and an 'Unidentified' Lady
The viral photo received objectionable comments from numerous netizens which prompted the 34-year-old woman to approach the police and register the case against the unidentified person who clicked the pictures during a party programme at Wagholi, Pune. The woman seen in the photo in her statement to the police stated that Bapat was like a father figure to her and that he had held her hand to bring her in front in order to introduce her to the CM. [7]The Indian Express

Pune's Maple Shelters Group Row: In 2016, Sachin Agrawal, the promoter of Maple Shelters, put up advertising hoardings carrying pictures of PM Narendra Modi, Devendra Fadnavis, and Guardian Minister of Pune Girish Bapat which conveyed the impression that it was a government-sponsored scheme under PMAY. However, in a cleverly-worded disclaimer, the Group stated: "it's a Maple Shelters initiative aligned to the PMAY and not a government scheme." [8]India Today
An advertisment of the Pune-based real estate group Maple Group carrying pictures of Narendra Modi, Devendra Fadnavis, and Guardian Minister of Pune Girish Bapat
A case of cheating was registered against the firm for displaying a misleading advertisement for cheap housing. Bapat faced flak over the controversy when his photographs with Agrawal at a public function surfaced on social media in April 2016. [9]The Economic Times
The viral picture of Sachin Agrawal and Girish Bapat attending a function together in the aftermath of the Maple Shelters controversy in 2016
However, Bapat denied the allegations, claiming that he was not aware of Agarwal's presence at the function. Reportedly, Agrawal was caught on camera by mediapersons when he was fleeing on a scooter riding pillion while the police arrived at the venue of the function, while Bapat was explaining to reporters that he had nothing to do with the controversial project.

Trolled for Committing a Faux Pas: In 2019, he was trolled for his ignorant tweet in which he congratulated DRDO scientists for shooting down a satellite "which was keeping a watch on India." He posted a tweet in Marathi which read,
"India, using anti-satellite missile, successfully shot down a live satellite at 300 km from earth in outer space, which was keeping a watch on India"
Apparently, Bapat did not realise that it was a test of an anti-satellite missile and India had shot down one of its own low-orbit satellites during Mission Shakti. He deleted the tweet after he was trashed by various netizens. [10]Mumbai Mirror 

Found Guilty of Restoring Licence of Blacklisted Fair Price Shop in Beed: In 2019, Bapat was accused of misusing his political position for restoring the licence of a blacklisted fair price shop in Beed, Maharashtra. The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court set aside the order of Bapat while Justice Ghuge noted that it was the third case before the court wherein such “unsustainable orders” were passed by him. The licence of Vibhishan Mane had been cancelled by the district supply officer (DSO) in June 2016 after a number of complaints of irregularities by Mane's fair price shop in Murambi village in Ambajogai taluka of Beed were reported by the local villagers. Later, Mane approached the deputy commissioner (civil supplies) against the DSO’s order. After verifying the details, the deputy commissioner upheld the DSO’s order on 4 August 2017. However, when Mane made an appeal to Bapat, he set aside the licence revocation as well as the order of the deputy commissioner. [11]The Times of India
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Married
Wife/SpouseGirija Girish Bapat (homemaker)
Girish Bapat with his wife and son
ChildrenSon- Gaurav Bapat (image in Wife/Spouse section)
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Bhalchandra Shankar Bapat
Mother- Pratibha Balchandra Bapat
Money Factor
Assets/PropertiesMoveable Assets
• Cash: Rs. 75,000 
• Deposits in Banks: Rs. 85,18,667
• Bonds, Debentures and Shares: Rs. 18,320
• NSS, Postal Savings etc: Rs. 13,68,618
• Motor Vehicles: Rs. 28,43,000
• Jewellery: Rs. 1,33,000 (Gold 40 Gram)

Immovable Assets
• Agricultural Land: Rs. 1,00,53,000
• Residential Buildings: Rs. 2,90,95,000
• Others: Rs. 5,00,000

Note: The given estimates of moveable and immoveable assets are according to the financial year 2018-19. It does not include the assets owned by his wife and dependents. [12]MyNeta
Net Worth (as of 2019)Rs. 5,17,92,555

Note: It does not the net worth of his wife and dependents. [13]MyNeta

Girish Bapat presenting flowers to President Droupadi Murmu in 2022

Girish Bapat presenting flowers to President Droupadi Murmu in 2022

Some Lesser Known Facts About Girish Bapat

  • Girish Bapat was an Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was elected MP from Pune, Maharashtra in the 2019 general elections. Prior to that, he was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly consecutively five times from the Kasba Peth seat from 1995 to 2014. From 2014 to 2019, he served as the Cabinet Minister for Food & Civil Supplies, Cabinet Minister for Food & Drug Administration, and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in the Government of Maharashtra under then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
  • The onset of his political journey can be traced back to his affiliation with the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). A staunch karykarta of the RSS, Bapat was imprisoned at Nashik central prison for 19 months during the Emergency. It propelled him into politics.
  • Bapat made various friends across the political spectrum during his five-decade-long political career. In the 1980s and 90s, the friendship of Girish Bapat, Congress member Shantilal Suratwala, and NCP leader Ankush Kakade was the talk of the town in Pune. They were referred to as ‘GAS’ in political circles, an acronym of the initials of their first names.

    An old picture of Girish Bapat, Congress member Shantilal Suratwala, and NCP leader Ankush Kakade

    An old picture of Girish Bapat, Congress member Shantilal Suratwala, and NCP leader Ankush Kakade

  • Bapat entered politics in the 1980s and was elected to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) as a corporator in his first attempt in 1983.
  • He also worked as a labourer at Tata Motors (then known as Telco company), where he was an active Union member.
  • In February 2023, despite being ill and unable to speak, addressed a gathering of BJP party members at Lokmanya Hall in Kesri Wada in a wheelchair and with oxygen in tow to campaign for the Kasba Peth assembly constituency by-polls. The BJP attracted criticism for involving an ailing Bapat in the keenly fought contest.

    Girish Bapat in a wheelchair with oxygen in tow campaigning ahead of the Kasba Peth by-polls

    Girish Bapat in a wheelchair with oxygen in tow campaigning ahead of the Kasba Peth by-polls

  • Before his death, he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune. Bapat was critically ill and on life support treatment. Mortal remains of Bapat were brought to his residence in Kasba Peth for his last rites.

    People paying last respects to Girish Bapat's mortal remains in Kasba Peth (2023)

    People paying last respects to Girish Bapat’s mortal remains in Kasba Peth (2023)