NCP chief Sharad Pawar not to contest Lok Sabha polls

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PUNE: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said he has decided not to contest the next month's Lok Sabha election from the Madha constituency in Maharashtra.


Pawar's announcement at a press conference came after recent speculation that he may contest from there.

"There was a lot of insistence from within NCP that I contest from Madha. However, my candidature hasn't been declared yet," Pawar said.

Sharad Pawar announced that Parth, son of his nephew and senior party leader Ajit Pawar, may be fielded from Maval LS constituency in Pune district.

"Many people are asking me to field Parth from Maval," the former Union minister said.

Asked if the fear of possible defeat made him rethink of contesting from Madha, Pawar said:

"I am not afraid of contesting the elections. I have successfully faced 14 elections”.

"I thought that already two members of my family are contesting polls this time and hence I felt this is the right time to take a decision to not contest”, he added.

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