Sharad Pawar to contest from Shirur
Putting all speculation to rest, the Nationalist Congress Party announced that its party president, Sharad Pawar, would contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from the newly formed Shirur seat. Zeeshan Shaikh reports.india Updated: Feb 20, 2009 01:55 IST
Putting all speculation to rest, the Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday announced that its party president, Sharad Pawar, would contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from the newly formed Shirur seat.
NCP spokesperson Devendra Dwivedi made the announcement in Delhi.
There had been speculation that Pawar was likely to try his poll chances from Shirur. The Maratha strongman had decided not to stand from Baramati, his hometown, and had decided to field his daughter Supriya Sule instead. Pawar had represented the Baramati seat since 1996.
“Pawarsaheb will be fighting the Lok Sabha elections from Shirur,” NCP spokesperson Madan Bafna confirmed.
Shirur, which lies 270 km northeast of Mumbai, on the border of Pune and Ahmednagar districts, is a new constituency carved out of the earlier Khed constituency, currently represented by Shiv Sena’s Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil. It is an agriculturally developed area with a substantial Maratha population containing six Assembly constituencies. The area has a strong NCP presence with the party controlling three of the seats.
Pawar had recently held meetings with Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. Though the visits have been termed as personal visits between friends, many look at it as a way of smoothening Pawar’s electoral victory from Shirur.