Sharad Pawar will not contest Lok Sabha elections

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Sumit Singh

Pune, March 11, 2019 – Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo and senior leader Sharad Pawar on today said that he will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 elections. He was expected to contest from Madha constituency in Solapur district.

Sharad Govindrao Pawar (born 12 December 1940) serves as the president of the Nationalist Congress Party which he founded in 1999, after separating from the Indian National Congress. He previously served as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on three separate occasions and held the posts of Minister of Defence and Minister of Agriculture in the Government of India. Pawar hails from the town of Baramati in the Pune district of Maharashtra. He is a member of the Rajya Sabha where he leads the NCP delegation. He holds a position of prominence in national politics as well as the regional politics of Maharashtra.

Pawar has served as the Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from 2005 to 2008 and as the president of the International Cricket Council from 2010 to 2012. On 17 June 2015, he was re-elected as president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, a position he held from 2001 to 2010 and in 2012. On 17 December 2016, he stepped down as the President of Mumbai Cricket Association.

In 2017, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour.