Sharad Pawar exits Lok Sabha race, makes way for family’s generation next
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Monday stepped back from his earlier decision to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Madha in Maharashtra and has decided to make way for his grand nephew to fight the polls.
Announcing his decision in Pune after meeting senior party members, the 78-year-old NCP boss said he has decided not to contest Lok Sabha polls after discussing the issue within the family. “After holding talks with family, we were of the opinion that next generation members should be given a chance. There is demand from various party leaders and workers for Parth Pawar’s candidature from Maval,” said Sharad Pawar, clearing way for Parth, his grand nephew and son of Ajit Pawar.
Sharad Pawar said that he felt it was the right time to take decision to not contest since he already contested 14 times in the past, news agency ANI reported. “I thought that already two members of my family are contesting polls this time, ” he said. Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule, a sitting MP, will contest the Lok Sabha polls.Parth Pawar, the son of Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit, is the second family member contesting the elections.
Last month, Sharad Pawar had said that besides him, his daughter Supriya Sule would also contest the Lok Sabha polls. “Parth, Rohit and Ajit will not contest the election. I am going to contest,” Pawar said, in response to a question that suggested he was drawing criticism from other political parties for “dynastyic politics”. Rohit Pawar is the grandson of Sharad Pawar’s elder brother Appasaheb and is a member of the zilla panchayat.
Sharad Pawar is a three-time chief minister of Maharashtra and a former union agriculture minister in the UPA government.
During an interview with HT, Parth Pawar had expressed willingness to contest polls from Maval. Party workers from Pimpri-Chinchwad, which was once the stronghold of Ajit Pawar and a part of Maval constituency, are backing Parth’s candidature.
Parth, 28, has been actively participating in various social as well as political programmes in Pimpri-Chinchwad. In 2014, Shiv Sena’s Shrirang Barne won the Lok Sabha polls from Maval by a margin of at least 1.70 lakh votes with the NCP’s Rahul Narwekar at the third position.