DAFLE, SHRI VIJAYASINHRAO RAMARAO, Cong., (MaharashtraŚMirajŚ1962): S. of Shri Ramrao; B. at Jath, July 21, 1909; ed. at the Deccan College at Poona; m. Shrimati Usharaje, June 12, 1949; 1 D.; Agriculturist; Former ruler of the State of Jath in Maharashtra; Attended the Third Round Table Conference in London at the invitation of the Secretary of State for India; Was a member of the Committee appointed to assist both the late Dr. M. R. Jayakar and Shri K. M. Munshi in drafting the Constitution for the Deccan States Union; Had introduced full responsible Government in his State, Free primary and secondary education and almost free medical aid to the people of his State; Rendered active service during the war on board the warships of the Indian Navy; Was awarded honorary rank of 'Lieutenant-Commander' in the Indian Navy as a mark of appreciation of his services to the Armed Forces of India; Visited the front line Indian Troops in Kashmir in 1961; Served as a member of the First Advisory Committee of Govt. of India for the National Cadet Corps along with Pandit Kunzru and others; Was closely connected with Samyukta Maharashtra issue and worked for it; President (i) Jath T. Shikshana Prasarak Mandal (ii) All India Maratha Educational Conference at its session at Mahad; Member, Poona University Board of Sports in 1955; Chairman, All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society, Poona; Vice-President, Maharashtra Badminton Association till 1960; Has donated liberally towards several charitable and social institutions in the country; Was a member of the All Maharashtra Famine Relief Committee which functioned under the Chairmanship of Dr. D. R. Gadgil; Was elected member of the Bombay Legislative Assembly in 1952 and again in 1957.
Sports: Cricket, Tennis, Horsemanship.
Permanent address: Ram Vilas, P.O. Jath, Distt. Sangli (Maharashtra State).
[Voting results at the Election:
Shri Vijayasinhrao Ramrao Dafle . . 2,13,659
Shri R. D. Bhandare . . 68,017
Shri Mahadeo Har Godbole . . 12,761
Shri A. R. Sutale . . 7,933].