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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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.


Koregaon Bhima case: Inquiry panel may summon NCP chief for deposition

February 25, 2020 3:10 am

Advocate Ashish Satpute, the lawyer for the commission, confirmed that justice (retired) J N Patel, chairman of the commission, said that Pawar has already filed an affidavit in the matter and will be called.

Mumbai Confidential: United Front

February 24, 2020 3:57 am

After upsetting the BJP in Maharashtra, the Mahagathbandhan of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress is now eying a similar result in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls.

Koregaon Bhima violence: Pawar working on agenda to implicate ‘Hindutvawadis’, claims Fadnavis

February 24, 2020 3:44 am

Speaking on Pawar’s stiff opposition to transfer the Elgaar Parishad case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and seeking a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe instead, Fadnavis said, “During my tenure as chief minister (he was also in charge of Home), there was a thorough probe.”

Discord in Maharashtra coalition: Cong fumes at Uddhav’s pro-CAA stand, Pawar steps in

February 23, 2020 3:01 am

Addressing the media following his meeting with Modi on Friday, Thackeray had reasserted his position in favour of CAA and NPR. His allies in Maharashtra government — the Congress and the NCP — are both opposed to their implementation.

BJP MP threatens to approach court against move to restore water supply to Pawar’s turf

February 21, 2020 1:57 pm

Ranjeetsinh Naik-Nimbalkar, BJP MP from Madha in Solapur, threatened to move court against the decision and organise street protests against the move.

Elgaar Parishad probe: 'Pune cops connected to case will be quizzed if they were under pressure from top'

February 21, 2020 2:46 am

“All former and current Pune police officials are under the scanner,” said Anil Deshmukh, adding the Home departmnt has started reviewing the cases filed by Pune police, following a meeting he held with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in January.

Entire Elgaar Parishad case built around misuse of power by police officers, says Pawar

February 19, 2020 2:52 am

“The way the Pune Police and certain senior officers conducted themselves... and their entire outlook towards the Elgaar Parishad case is worrisome and a blot on the prestige of the Maharashtra Police,” said Pawar.

Maharashtra: Govt set to restore excess water supply from dam to Pawar’s home turf

February 19, 2020 2:35 am

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Cabinet is expected to sanction a proposal cancelling the previous decision, and restoring the supply to Baramati, on Wednesday.

Bihar: Oppn props up Sharad Yadav in bid to take down Tejashwi; RJD says no way

February 19, 2020 7:29 am

Lalu Yadav, who is in jail in Ranchi in a fodder scam case, is learnt to have been informed of reservations of some of the allies on Tejashwi’s leadership but was not receptive to any suggestion for change.

NCP on Elgaar Parishad case: Govt has right to conduct own parallel investigation

February 18, 2020 3:06 am

The statement, issued after party chief Sharad Pawar held an hour-long meeting with NCP ministers, comes at a time when apparent rift has emerged within the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies — Shiv Sena NCP and Congress — on a clutch of issues.


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

March 27, 2018 9:48 pm

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

December 10, 2015 9:55 pm

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

October 12, 2014 10:30 am

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