Senior NCP leader and former deputy Chairman of the Maharashtra Legislative Council Vasant Davkhare died on Thursday was 67 aged after a prolonged illness. Davkhare was first elected as corporator in the Thane Municipal Corporation in 1986. In 1987 he was elected as Mayor of Thane Municipal Corporation. He became the Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council in 1998. In July 2010, he was re-elected unopposed as the Deputy Chairman. His son Niranjan Davkhare is the NCP MLC.