Brother of Pratibha Patil
G. N. Patil
Father of Pratibha Patil
Narayan Rao Patil
Husband/Spouse of Pratibha Patil
Devisingh Ransingh Shekhawat
Favourite Actor(s) of Pratibha Patil
Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Aamir Khan, Dev Anand
Favourite Actresses of Pratibha Patil
Rekha, Priyanka Chopra, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan
Favourite Food(s) of Pratibha Patil
Maharashtrian Cuisines, Gujarati cuisines &
Favourite Singer(s) of Pratibha Patil
A. R Rahman, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Controversies of Pratibha Patil
She was accused of shielding her brother, G. N. Patil, in the 2005 Vishram Patil murder case. Wife of Vishram Patil said that Pratibha Patil had influenced the criminal investigation and G.N. Patil was involved in the murder of her husband as he got defeated by Vishram in the election for the President of the District Congress Committee of Jalgaon.
In another controversy, it was found that she allegedly used government expenses to build a retirement mansion on a 260,000 square feet (24,000 m2) plot of military land in Pune. In fact, as per the rules, the former president could either take a residence in government accommodation at Delhi or go back to their house in their home state. This action of her was considered unprecedented.
An RTI query filed by activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal revealed that she has packed over 150 gifts, which were received by her from foreign dignitaries and transported them to her hometown in Amravati, where it was supposed to display at a museum, Vidya Bharati Shaikshanik Mandal, which is run by her family. But according to the rule, those gifts are to be deposited with the official treasury of gifts, which maintains inventory. In action to query, Pranab Mukherjee's secretariat has taken steps wrote to Vidya Bharati Shaikshanik Mandal, asking it to return the gifts by June 2015.
In a rumoured news, Pratibha Patil, impressed Indira Gandhi that much by her cooking skills, that she gifted her the license to open Chit-Funds across Amravati, where her Family was being allegedly involved in siphoning off lakhs of rupees of poor farmers in the name of social security.
Information about Pratibha Patil
She had also founded a CooperativeBank, Pratibha Mahila Sahakari Bank, whose license was cancelled by the Reserve Bank of India as the bank had given illegal loans to her relatives that exceeded the bank's share capital. It had also given a loan to her sugar mill which was never repaid. The government liquidator of the bank, P. D. Nigam, said that as per the audit report, Six of the top ten defaulters in the bank were linked to her relatives.
She commuted the death sentences of 35 petitioners to life sentence, which is a record and defended herself saying that the President had granted clemency to the petitioners after the advice of the Home Ministry.
Unlike her predecessor, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who actively traveled and gave lectures on science throughout India. The least she did was the encouragement of table tennis in schools.
She had also set up various ventures such as Vidya Bharati Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, an educational institute which runs a chain of schools and colleges in Amravati, Jalgaon,Pune and Mumbai, a Shram Sadhana Trust, which runs hostels for working women in New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, an engineering college for rural students in Jalgaon district, and also founded a cooperative sugar factory known as Sant Muktabai Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana at Muktainagar.
Her opposition candidate, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, during the presidential election was supported by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), although the Shiv Sena party, which was a part of NDA, supported her because of her Marathi origin.
In 1962, at the age of 27, she became the youngest elected member in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly of that time.
Another case after her retirement included her desire to claim both an official government car and fuel allowance for the running of a private car, despite rules clearly stipulating that this was an either/or situation.
She has often been criticised by a section of people for her belief in supernatural things as she claims that she frequently receives messages from Dada Lekhraj, a dead guru.
Pratibha Patil, along with her brother GN Patil, collected 1,89,105 rupees for the Tsunami Relief to be given to Chief Minister's Relief Fund but did NOT deposit it to the said account.
Her Presidential tenure often made headlines for spending more money on foreign trips compared to her predecessors and also Sometimes accompanied by as many as 11 members of her family. According to sources, in all these trips she has spent about 205 Crore Indian rupees.
Patil had been loyal to the INC and the Nehru-Gandhi family for decades. She was also the cook of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
She has been the first women President of India, so far.