BENGALURU: NRI doctorNeeraj Patil has come a long way. Hailing from Kamlapur in Gulbarga district, he became the mayor of London Borough, Lambeth, and is now a Labour Party candidate from Putney in southwest London. He is contesting for the UK parliamentary elections on June 8.
Patil is pitted against the Conservative Party’s education minister Justine Greening. The latter has been representing the constituency since 2005.
Patil, born and brought up in Gulbarga, had taken the lead in installing a statue of 12th century philosopher Basaveshwara on the banks of Thames in 2015. Prime Minister Narendra Modihad unveiled the statue.
He was on the Labour Party’s shortlist to run for the London mayor in 2015. He is working as a consultant in accident and emergency medicine in London.