NCP planning to consider Ajit Pawar’s son from Maval for Lok Sabha elections
Updated:  Oct 04, 2018, 01:00 PM
NCP is mulling fielding Parth Pawar, son of former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, from Maval for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He is an active member of the NCP’s youth wing, but has never contested a major election.
Parth is not seen in public functions of the party but the top leaders believe that the Pawar name may work favourably in the Maval parliamentary constituency. Party leaders noted that their candidates had lost in each Maval and Shirur constituencies, and also the NCP was losing its grip over the higher a part of Pune district.
Congress contested on the Pune Lok Sabha seat while NCP gets only the Baramati Lok Sabha seat, which they never lost in the last 25 years.“We want to regain our presence in Pune and therefore we will go all out to capture the Maval seat,” said a top NCP leader.
“There is a growing feeling among a section of party workers and leaders that Parth should be fielded from Maval constituency. Though he may not be much of a known name in Maval, it won’t take him long to establish himself as he comes from the Pawar family,”said Sanjay Tatkare State NCP spokesperson.
All sort of reactions are coming from within the party, NCP leaders in Pimpri-Chinchwad said they were not aware of plans to field Parth from the Maval seat. Sanjog Waghere NCP’s Pimpri-Chinchwad unit president said, “We will abide by the party’s decision. If Ajit Pawar takes the decision, we will have no problem in putting our best efforts to ensure Parth’s success”.
Close associate of Ajit Pawar in Pimpri-Chinchwad, Yogesh Behl said, “Whatever decision our party leaders Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar take, we will go by it.”
However, Parth Pawar said he has not made up his mind about the decision yet.
“Yes, I have heard about the party leader’s and worker’s demand, but I have not decided on contesting the election. If my father asks me to contest, then I will decide what to do,” he said. Parth said as of now, he was busy working for the party. “I am focusing on how to increase my father’s appeal in rural areas as he is already quite popular in urban areas, ” Parth said If Parth does fight the 2019 Lok Sabha from Maval, he will be the third generation of the Pawars in active electoral politics.
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