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Pawar faces family push to fight poll, may not relent

IANS  |  Pune 

A day after Party opted out of the elections, fresh pressures mounted on him to reconsider his decision on Tuesday.

This time it was another grand-nephew Rohit Pawar, who publicly appealed to Pawar to enter the electoral fray.

Rohit Pawar, son of Rajendra Pawar, penned a short post on his social media accounts, appealing to his grand-uncle to fight the ensuing elections, saying that "it is the desire of lakhs of party workers also".

On Monday, voluntarily decided to step out of the parliamentary poll race and instead it is widely expected that another grand-nephew, Parth Pawar, son of former Ajit Pawar, will contest from the Madha constituency.

and are the sons of Pawar's brothers - Anantrao and Appasaheb - respectively, of the powerful Pawar clan, influential in western

- who is himself being groomed to contest the upcoming Assembly elections - fervently asked "to do a rethink on his decision".

To a question if Sharad Pawar had declined on grounds it would not be proper for too many people from a single family to contest the polls, he countered: "Its not about a family. For Pawar Saheb, entire is like his family."

However, top NCP sources claim that this time, Pawar may not relent and would choose to keep himself free to campaign for the Congress-NCP in Maharashtra and for the Opposition parties elsewhere in the country to counter the

"Besides, it would have appeared somewhat awkward for a person of his stature to contest against his children and grandchildren. It's a wise decision and at least the ruling NDA cannot hurl accusations of promoting dynastic politics," said a senior leader, not willing to be identified.

Another factor that probably weighed Pawar's decisoin was the move by the to field only two persons from the Gandhi family - and - with Priyanka expected to take a back seat for now.



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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 20:52 IST