Prithviraj Chavan: Satisfied with assembly constituency, won’t contest Lok Sabha election
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Mar 07, 2019, 10:26 AM
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan of the Indian National Congress, claimed in an interview on Wednesday that he had no intention of contesting the Lok Sabha Elections.
The former Union Minister dismissed reports about him representing the Pune constituency. He believed the rumours arose because of him being in charge of the party in the city. He justified his claim by saying that he doesn’t have a base in Pune, and hence is happy with his Karad assembly constituency, whose elections will be held in the latter half of this year.
Chavan also announced that many ministers from Maharashtra are not very comfortable in national politics and hence prefer not to enter it, despite “having a vision”. He said that though NCP leader Sharad Pawar is the only minister from the state currently active in national politics, he too was uncomfortable in his earlier period.
He elaborated his statement by saying that state-level and national-level politica are very different, as a Maharashtra politician would have to “work at the grassroots” if he wants to enter the national level.
Another reason why he believes Maharashtra politicians don’t venture beyond the state is the distance. The former Rajya Sabha member said that most party leaders from northern states find it convenient to enter politics at the Centre as they are accustomed to the national capital and can travel to and fro between their constituencies and Delhi.
Chavan said that he has had a “comfort level in Delhi” as he worked in various ministries, and consequently learnt about the functioning of most of the ministries, however, he never entered “institutional politics”.
Chavan went on to suggest that each party must have “some wing where some leaders would get trained for national level from each state”.
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