Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Pawar today said that he’s not going to contest the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections so that two of his family members — daughter Supriya Sule and grandson Parth Pawar (son of former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar) — could contest instead.
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar said, “I thought that already two members of my family are contesting polls this time and hence I felt this is right time to take decision to not contest since I already have contested 14 times in the past.”
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar: I thought that already two members of my family are contesting polls this time and hence I felt this is right time to take decision to not contest since I already have contested 14 times in the past pic.twitter.com/Q7ElDQqXte
— ANI (@ANI) March 11, 2019
Parth is going to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as an NCP candidate from Maval constituency. Though the party hasn’t made any official announcement yet, senior party leaders in a meeting with Sharad Pawar finalised Parth’s name as a candidate.
Even before the party leadership considered him as a candidate, Parth had begun touring Maval. As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, a senior NCP leader said, “Almost all local leaders from Maval have backed Parth’s name and have told Pawarsaheb that he is the only candidate who can win the seat. If he is not given the ticket, any other candidate will be hit by factionalism, and we will lose the seat. We have managed to persuade Pawarsaheb to clear Parth’s candidature.”