While in college, Ruturaj won a hard-fought contest taking the 2007 Shivaji University election against the much older university candidates. His victory was greeted with an unusual degree of enthusiasm and excitement from the youth – not just in the university campus, but around the various colleges in the district as well where Ruturaj had campaigned actively.
Ruturaj Patil attracted significant electoral popularity helped by his own personality and the political network of his Uncle and MLA Mr. Satej alias Bunty D. Patil. His ambition, motivation and capacity for hard work were evident when he managed to get all seats elected when he was given the responsibility of campaigning in five wards for the Municipal elections. He was also actively involved in the selection process of the Mayor, Dy. Mayor and several other members of the civic body.
In the past five years, Ruturaj actively campaigned in the Loksabha, VidhanSabha, Zila Parishad, Panchayat and Gokul Dairy elections. He began to be noted for retaining a dignified and calm demeanor, slowly, his fame rose and he gathered a huge following of young people behind him. He organized many youth festivals which were attended by the celebrities of Bollywood, such as Kapil Sharma, Ajay-Atul, Arijit Singh etc.