Sharad Pawar

The founder and president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Pawar began his career as a member of the Indian National Congress and has held several key positions in the government. Pawar became the member of Maharashtra’s Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1967. He served as the minister of multiple ministries in his tenure as an MLA, which lasted till 1978. In 1978, he was elected as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, an office he held for three

times in his political career (1978-80, 1983-91, 1993-95). He has been elected as a member of the Lok Sabha six times and has held office for several important ministries including defense (1991-93) under the PV Narsimha Rao government. He parted from Congress in 1999 and formed the NCP after being expelled for opposing the party’s projection of a non-Indian, Sonia Gandhi, as their Prime Ministerial candidate. He has also served as the President of the International Council of Cricket from 2010-12.

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Express daily briefing: EC meet today over Lavasa’s recusal; Modi to hold dinner for NDA allies; Niki Lauda dies

From the Election Commission's key meeting today to PM Narendra Modi's dinner for NDA allies, here's the news you can look forward to today.

Countdown to May 23 results: Two decades later, NCP confident of breaking double-digit jinx in Maharashtra

Party leaders say Sharad Pawar will play a bigger in role in uniting Oppositon.


Ajit Pawar has ‘no doubts’ about EVM functioning; NCP chief and Sule differ

Sharad Pawar said some people did have doubts about the use of EVMs in polling and having such doubts “was not good for democracy". At a separate event in Pune on Tuesday, Sule said the use of ballot papers was more transparent than EVMs.

Sharad Pawar: No need for politics over drought, want to work with govt

The former Union agriculture minister has been touring the drought-hit talukas of the state since polling got over in Pawar bastion Baramati on April 23.

Sharad Pawar, former defence minister, trains guns at Prime Minister

Pawar also lashed out at Modi over the latter’s “bhrastachari (corrupt) number 1” barb at Rajiv Gandhi. “It does not behove the Prime Minister to stoop low and make such remarks about a person who isn’t alive,” said Pawar.

Mumbai Confidential: Another Extension

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Pallavi Darade, a 1997-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, has just bagged another two-year extension for her deputation with the state administration.


Guarding EVMs in Pune 24x7: 3-ring security, 150 staff

Pawar has raised doubts about EVMs being ‘manipulated’; They are safe, secure, says district election officer

Devendra Fadnavis ignored development: Sharad Pawar

NCP president and former state chief minister Sharad Pawar Saturday accused Fadnavis of “ignoring” the development of the tribal belt, and slashing the budgetary support for infrastructure works in the region.

Sharad Pawar likens 2019 with 2004 polls, says NDA won’t form govt

Sharad Pawar targets Modi, Fadnavis over drought

Sharad Pawar — fending off personal attacks, shouldering Cong-NCP alliance, standing tall against BJP

Drawing a parallel between his own stint as Defence Minister in the P V Narasimha Rao government and that by Yashwantrao Chavan after the 1962 war with China, he says it had always fallen upon the "Sahayadri (the Western Ghats) to defend the Himalayas".

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Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi to forge strategy for an anti-BJP front

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived in New Delhi On Tuesday on a four-day visit to talk with several opposition leaders about an anti-BJP front for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar felicitated on his 75th birthday in New Delhi

NCP chief Sharad Pawar was felicitated during an award and felicitation ceremony on his 75th birthday in New Delhi. Narendra Modi, Pranab Mukherjee, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Arun Jaitley, Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav and others were present at the event.


Maharashtra Polls: Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar stir a storm

MNS chief Uddhav Thackeray campaigns for Shivsena candidates of Thane at Thane Central Maidan, Mumbai on Saturday (October 11).