Days ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election in the country, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar has released a statement on Saturday stating that he will not contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. This decision has come after the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra called for a two-day meeting of the NCP leaders in the state on Saturday at 10 AM, to discuss the selection of the candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. Other party leaders implored him to contest the election Pune in Maharashtra, but the senior NCP chief refused to contest.
Stating that he wants to give the opportunity to the young blood in the party to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he insisted to remain a Rajya Sabha member only.
Sharad Pawar has been in active politics since last 6 decades. He was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for 4 times, was the Defence Minister in PV Narasimha Rao government & Agricultural minister in Dr. Manmohan Singh government. Sharad Pawar had left the Congress over the foreign nationalist issue of Sonia Gandhi & formed the Nationalist Congress. Party.
"During the party meeting on Saturday, Pawar discussed the current political situation for the 21 Lok Sabha seats NCP had contested in 2014 and also discuss ed the process of selection of candidates in the party. The party had also called leaders from Jalna, Aurangabad, Dhule and Ichalkaranji, the party decided to stake claim to these four seats which the Congress had contested in the last elections," said the party spokesperson Nawab Malik said.
Pawar is working hard to get back power in Maharashtra & establish a prominent role for NCP at the centre. Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha constituencies. With the elections coming up both the Congress and the NCP have started with their election preparations separately. In 2014 elections, the two parties had an alliance in which, the Congress had contested 27 seats and NCP had contested 21 seats. After the poll's results, the NCP had bagged four seats, while the Congress got only two out of the total 48 seats in Maharashtra. In the Assembly polls held in October 2014, the Congress won 42 and NCP 41 out of the total 288 seats.