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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Pawar takes on PM, recalls Modi’s remarks on attacks during UPA rule

“The kind of picture portrayed by Modi before the previous elections... that has been a 100 per cent failure. But, I don’t want to rake up that issue now,” he said.

Sharad Pawar takes a dig at Modi, recalls his past statement on terror attacks

Sharad Pawar, a former Defence Minister, said the manner in which the attack was carried out posed serious questions on the country's security apparatus.


Sharad Pawar returns to the election ring

While the NCP is yet to officially declare Pawar’s candidature, senior leaders present at a meeting that Pawar attended on Thursday confirmed that he has agreed to contest.

On the table at Pawar dinner: Pre-poll tie-up and a common agenda

The idea was floated at a meeting of leaders of Congress (Rahul Gandhi), TMC (Mamata Banerjee), TDP (N Chandrababu Naidu), NCP (Sharad Pawar), AAP (Arvind Kejriwal) and National Conference (Farooq Abdullah) at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s house.

NCP readies big guns for Lok Sabha polls

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has hinted that he is considering the option of entering the fray from western Maharashtra’s Madha constituency, which he had represented in 2009.

BJP’s Target Maharashtra goes through Pawar country, he hints back in the race

Last Saturday, sharing the dais with the BJP president in Pune, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated what Shah had said: “In 2014 Lok Sabha we won 42 seats. Now, the 43rd Lok Sabha seat will be Baramati.”


For NCP’s sake, there could be four candidates from Pawar family in Lok Sabha elections

NCP leaders concede that the presence of Pawar family in the contest would increase the chances of the party not just in the seats from where they are contesting but elsewhere as well.

Nitin Gadkari's name likely being pushed as PM, worried for him: Sharad Pawar

"Nitin Gadkari is my friend. There is talk about his name being pushed (as an alternative to Modi) and because of that I am worried about him," Sharad Pawar said.

BJP targets Pawar, NCP asks if party will field PM in Baramati

Addressing the media in Mumbai, Union minister Piyush Goyal said, “Pawar, who had parted ways with the Congress, is now bending his knees to have a pre-election alliance with the Congress.”

Sharad Pawar is going with bent knees to Congress: Piyush Goyal

Goyal was referring to Pawar’s differences with then Congress president Sonia Gandhi, which had led to his expulsion from the party. On June 10, 1999, after leaving Congress, Pawar — who had raised objections to Sonia’s foreign origin — had set up NCP.

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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).