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Sharad Pawar talks about retirement, once again

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Sunday said younger leaders should be given more responsibilities in the party and suggested he would like to slowly step back and don the role of a "guide." Yogesh Joshi reports.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2009 01:13 IST
Yogesh Joshi

On the eve of elections in his home state Maharashtra, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar hinted at retiring from active politics.

At a rally in Solapur (about 400 km south-east of Mumbai) on Sunday, to launch the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP’s) election campaign, Pawar said he would like to mentor the younger generation once it took charge of the political organisation.

Pawar (69) is also president of the NCP, which is part of the ruling alliance at the Centre and in Maharashtra.

Later, Pawar told mediapersons: “I have just been elected to Lok Sabha and have to fulfil my responsibility for the next five years. But it’s true that with growing age, one’s capacity to take workload changes.”

An aide to civil aviation minister Praful Patel, however, said such a step was improbable.