Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar has decided not to contest Lok Sabha elections. Earlier, it had been reported that Pawar may contest from Madha constituency in Western Maharashtra.
Pawar said that he has decided not to contest Lok Sabha polls after a detailed discussion within the family. Announcing his decision in Pune, Pawar said “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”.
Parth, the grandnephew of the NCP chief is son of the NCP leader Ajit Pawar, nephew of Sharad Pawar.
Earlier, Parth in an interview with Hindustan Times had expressed his desire of contesting from Maval. The young leader had said “If the party gives me a ticket, I would like to contest the polls from Maval. The simple reason behind this decision is that people and party workers from Pimpri-Chinchwad feel that this region will also be developed like Baramati, where Ajitdada (my father) worked.”
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.
NCP chief said that his party would announce the final list very soon.