NCP Chief Sharad Pawar will not contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections
Updated:  Oct 06, 2018, 02:20 PM
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar has made the announcement that he will not be contesting 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Pawar said he wants to give the opportunity to young blood in the party to contest in the General elections 2019. He added in his statement that he will remain a Rajya Sabha member.
NCP chief had taken a back from contesting the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 also stating the same reason, giving the opportunity to the young member of the party. He was considered as first such leader who hints at retirement from politics due to age. However, he returns to the Rajya Sabha in 2014.
He made the decision to quit the 2019 General election after party's two-day meet to discuss candidates for the election.
Supriya Sule, daughter of Sharad Pawar, is already a Member of Parliament. In 2009 she contested elections from her father's constituency Baramati Lok Sabha constituency and won.
Sharad Pawar's brother and former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's elder son Parth is likely to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Maval constituency in Pune district. Parth has still to comment on this.
On the question of mahagathbandhan (anti-BJP grand alliance) in 2019 Lok Sabha election, Pawar said, "mahagathbandhan' prior to the elections is not practical."
Pawar has a great legacy behind him at the age of 37, he became the chief minister of Maharashtra in July 1978. He became chief minister for four times in his career.
He has been active in active politics since last 6 decades. In the government of P V Narasimha Rao, Pawar was made Defence Minister and he also handled the position of Agricultural minister in Dr. Manmohan Singh government.
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