PUNE: Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said, “I will contest the Lok Sabha elections for Madha constituency.”
He was speaking at MIT ADT University, Loni Kalbhor. The NCP supremo unveiled the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on the campus.
Pawar said, “Neither Ajit (Pawar), nor the third generation, Parth or Rohit, would contest the elections. If Sushilkumar Shinde is contesting, then I should as well.”
There was speculation about Pawar’s grandson, Rohit, or Parth, son of Ajit Pawar, contesting the elections. However, Sharad Pawar said no new member would contest the Lok Sabha elections.
Pawar’s stand paves way for his daughter Supriya Sule, to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Baramati constituency.
Criticising the BJP and Shiv Sena alliance, he said it was not surprising. Pawar stated that the government had failed to act against the Pulwama attack despite getting information two days in advance, showing sheer negligence.
He expressed extreme disappointment about the BJP’s absence at the all-parry meeting called after the Pulwama attack. “Except for Rajnath Singh, who attended this meeting, as he was Home Minister, none of the BJP leaders were present. It shows how serious the party is about the issue,” said Pawar.