Former Union Agriculture Minister and NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar’s decision of not contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls has garnered mixed reactions.
Pawar claimed that he has taken the decision after a discussion with the family, but it seems that some of the family members are not happy with his decision and have urged him to rethink the decision.
The appeal to rethink is made by Pawar’s grandson Rohit Rajendra Pawar on his Social Media page. Interestingly, Pawar had taken the decision of not contesting to pave way for another grandson Parth Ajit Pawar.
The appeal has led to speculations of a brewing rift in the third generation of the Pawar family.
“We are proud of your Political career that has always kept the common man the centre stage. Beyond respect there is love for him in the minds of party workers. And it is for this love we urge him to rethink on the decision,” Rohit’s Facebook post read.
Hitting out at CM Devendra Fadnavis for his statements against Pawar, he further said, “This will be the last statement against Saheb by politicians who have paradropped into politics. A frog cannot become a bull by inflating air into it. But if you keep making such statements your balloon will burst soon”.
But Rohit Pawar’s statement has raised eyebrows in the political circles. Rohit’s statement is seen as pitched against his cousin Parth Pawar.
While announcing his decision of not contesting from the Madha seat, Pawar had clarified saying that he does not want to encourage dynasty politics.
Pawar had said that if he too contests from Madha then there would be three members from the Pawar family in the poll fray. While saying that Pawar cleared Parth Pawar’s name from Maval constituency. But Rohit’s stand urging Pawar to rethink his decision also implies his opposition to Parth’s candidature.
While speaking to India Today TV Rohit, however, clarified that there is nothing controversial in his post. We all love Pawar Saheb and the request to rethink is in this regard. Party workers will feel disheartened if he is not contesting. There is nothing more to be read between the lines”
Sharad Pawar himself too denied reports of any rift within the family. “It’s all media generated,” he told reporters when asked about it.