To avoid the criticism of “dynastic politics”, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said he would not contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections to make way for youth in electoral politics.
“The senior party leaders had appealed me to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Madha parliamentary seat. However, I discussed the issue and it was decided that multiple members from one family should not contest the elections. The intention is to give an opportunity to the youths in politics. Thus, the party leaders are demanding Parth Pawar be given candidature,” said Pawar after meeting senior party leaders.
Parth is the son of senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar and grand-nephew of Sharad Pawar. Pawar said he would be giving an opportunity to youths instead of himself contesting the elections.
“The Peasants Workers Party (PWP) is also urging Parth Pawar to contest from Maval parliamentary seat. It has been decided to give him candidature to contest the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.
On Monday, the NCP chief took a review of the party preparations for the Madha parliamentary constituency.
“I am not withdrawing due to any fear. I have contested 14 elections and never lost. There was no reason for me to be scared for the 15th election. I am not contesting Lok Sabha elections as I don’t want many people from one family contesting the elections,” he said.
Pawar had decided to not to contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and had made it to Rajya Sabha after leaving the Madha seat to party leader Vijaysinh Mohite Patil, which he represented from 2009 to 2014.
In 2009, Pawar had vacated the Baramati seat for his daughter Supriya Sule, who won her debut election by a margin of over three lakh votes.
The NCP chief was urged by his party colleagues to once again contest the Lok Sabha elections from Madha seat. Pawar had said that he would decide on it later on.