Sharad Pawar eyes Rajya Sabha seat in early 2014

Takes a swipe at Gopinath Munde,his challenger for MCA's top post

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: October 13, 2013 2:09:07 am

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Saturday said he would not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections but instead prefer to enter the Rajya Sabha in February 2014,when seven seats from Maharashtra fall vacant.

The union agriculture minister was speaking to the media at Roha in Raigad district of Maharashtra,where he attended a function organised by Water Resources Minister (NCP) Sunil Tatkare.

In 2009,Pawar had contested from Madha Lok Sabha constituency in Solapur district.

The NCP chief,however,made it clear he would continue to play a proactive role in the party politics.

Replying to a question on NCP’s ally Congress promoting its vice-president Rahul Gandhi as the leader,he said every party took its own decision,which was good,but added that Sonia Gandhi remained the Congress president. He said she believed in taking all parties together in the coalition politics.

Pawar’s comments come days after Rahul Gandhi,during his recent visit to Pune,had said,“If we are in majority,we will not require allies like NCP in Maharashtra.”

However,Pawar did not find its anything wrong in Rahul’s decision to oppose the ordinance protecting the corrupt politicians after it was approved by the union cabinet. The NCP leader said every member had the right to express his views on certain issues and that there was nothing wrong in it.

The union minister,who is in the fray for the post of Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) president,took a swipe at his his political rival and deputy leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde.

Asked what he felt being challenged by Munde,Pawar said,“I am really very worried.”

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