“Chanakya” Sharad Pawar Outwits BJP, Becomes Maharashtra Man Of Match

Sharad Pawar was instrumental in stitching the unlikely alliance with rival Shiv Sena


When Sharad Pawar addressed a rain-soaked rally in Maharashtra’s Satara throughout campaigning for the October 21 Assembly polls, few thought that the 79-year-old could be the driving pressure behind the brand new authorities.

With the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress all set to imagine energy in Maharashtra, the patriarch of this unlikely anti-BJP mix is the one left smiling, having outwitted stalwarts from the BJP camp.

Having introduced his occasion out of a digital existential disaster forward of the Assembly polls, Mr Pawar’s efforts suffered a setback, albeit momentarily, when nephew Ajit Pawar shocked him by aligning with the BJP to type the federal government.

That regime lasted simply 80 hours, earlier than Ajit Pawar give up as deputy Chief Minister citing private causes, leaving Devendra Fadnavis, into his second stint because the Chief Minister excessive and dry. Within hours, Mr Fadnavis additionally give up, paving means for the non-BJP mix to imagine reins of the state.

With the NCP hit by a number of desertions forward of the Maharashtra polls, Sharad Pawar assumed cost of the marketing campaign and traversed the state. His efforts paid off, with the occasion profitable 54 seats, 13 greater than its 2014 tally within the 288-member House.

A dauntless Mr Pawar was instrumental in stitching the unlikely alliance with rival Shiv Sena to type a authorities within the state to maintain the BJP away from energy.

Mr Pawar has been a defence minister, opposition chief within the Lok Sabha and three-time Maharashtra chief minister in a profession spanning 52 years in electoral politics.

He was a member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and the Lok Sabha for seven occasions every.

At 27 he was already a legislator within the Maharashtra Assembly, and at 38 he managed to drag down the Congress authorities within the state.

Mr Pawar shot to fame in 1978 when he dislodged the then Vasantdada Patil dispensation within the state to type a authorities with the Janata Party. He was solely 38 on the time and is Maharashtra’s youngest chief minister until date.

He went on to change into chief minister of the state two extra occasions, from June 1988 to June 1991 and from March 1993 to March 1995.

Mr Pawar served as defence minister from June 1991 to March 1993.

He parted methods with the Congress in 1999 over occasion president Sonia Gandhi’s overseas origin situation and fashioned the NCP the identical yr. The Congress and NCP got here collectively after the 1999 Assembly election in Maharashtra to type authorities within the state.

Mr Pawar turned Agriculture minister within the Manmohan Singh authorities 2004 and served in that capability over the following 10 years.

A highly effective minister within the Manmohan Singh authorities, he derives a lot energy from his sugar-exporting constituency in Pune district.

He is among the few politicians to get pleasure from assist from events throughout areas and ideologies.

Often accused by his rivals of encouraging dynastic politics, Mr Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule is a three-time MP from Baramati, the NCP’s stronghold.

Mr Pawar’s grandnephew Rohit obtained elected from the Karjat-Jamkhed seat.

Apart from politics, Mr Pawar has been related to cricket our bodies together with the International Cricket Council and Maharashtra State Wrestling Association.

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