Interesting Facts about Sharad Pawar

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Here is more about Sharad Pawar and some of Sharad Pawar facts that will help you understand his importance in the Political industry of India.

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Sharad Govidrao Pawar is the man who held the NCP together. He served as the CM of Maharashtra on 3 occasions and also held the posts of Minister of Defense and the Minister of Agriculture in the Government of India. He also leads the NCP delegation in the Rajya Sabha.

Some facts that most people know are that Sharad Pawar served as:

  • Chairman of BCCI from 2005 to 2008
  • President of the ICC from 2010 to 2012
  • President of the Mumbai Cricket Association 2001 to 2010
  • Re-elected president of the MCA in 2012 to 2016 when he himself stepped down from this position.
  • Union Minister of Agriculture in UPA government
  • Union Minister of Defense for the Government of India
  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra

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The common Sharad Pawar facts would not have helped you in knowing that Sharad Pawar was the youngest CM of Maharashtra when he first became the CM and also broke the record of being the youngest CM ever at the same time.

The NCP president, Sharad Pawar has also been selected for the Padma Vibhushan which is considered the country’s second-highest civilian honor. He is also known as Maharashtra’s tallest leading after he defeated cancer when doctors told him that he must get all his work done within 6 months because he was going to die. All he said in return was that “I do not worry about the disease, and neither should you.”

Now let’s read more of Sharad Pawar facts relating to his Political Career.

His political career started when he was a schoolboy itself. He used to organize protest marches for the Goan Independence in Pravaranagar back in 1956. He also remained active in student politics while he was at college and although his elder brother belonged to the Peasant and Worker’s Party, he chose to work with the Congress party and joined them in 1958. In 1962, he became the president of the Poona district youth congress and in 1964, he was declared one of the two secretaries of Maharashtra youth congress. In 1967, he was nominated as a candidate for the Baramati constituency of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. He was then elected and represented the constituency for decades. In 1969, Pawar joined the congress (R) faction of the then PM Indira Gandhi along with his mentor Yashwantrao Chavan. Later in the early 1970s, the then CM Vasantrao Naik looking at the future leadership of the party was suggested to bring in Sharad Pawar to his cabinet as the state of home affairs minister by Yashwantrao Chavan. From 1975-77, Pawar continued as the home affairs minister with the government of Shankarrao Chavan that succeeded as the CM after Naik. In the next 9 years from 1978-1987, he saw many ups and downs after which he also switched from working with Congress.

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Sharad Pawar facts – Political Career

So in 1987, he returned to Congress (I) after concerns for the Congress culture in Maharashtra which is also cited as a reason for the rise of the Shiv Sena. In 1988, the then PM and Congress President Rajiv Gandhi decided to induct the then Maharashtra CM Shankarrao Chavan into his Union Cabinet as Finance Minister and finally, Sharad Pawar was chosen to replace him as CM. In the Lok Sabha Elections that took place in 1989, Congress won 28 of 48 seats in Maharashtra while in the State Assembly Election held in February 1990, the Shiv Sena formed an alliance with the BJP. But, in 1990, Sharad Pawar was yet again sworn as CM of Maharashtra with the support of nearly 12 independent or unaffiliated members of the legislative assembly.

It was in the early 1990s after Rajiv Gandhi passed away that the Congress party was looking for a new Prime Minister from Congress. Sharad Pawar was considered for the position but the party MPs elected PV Narasimha Rao as their leader. On 26th June 1991, Pawar took over as the defense minister and held the post till March 1993 after his successor in Maharashtra stepped down following the disastrous Bombay riots. Pawar was then sworn in as the CM of Maharashtra.

Sharad Pawar facts – Political Career

The mid-1990s were all too much of conspiracies against him. In 1997, Sharad Pawar challenged Sitaram Kesri for the post of President of the INC and in 1998, Pawar not only won his constituency but also led Congress to a win by a majority in the Maharashtra Lok Sabha constituencies. It was after he was expelled out from Congress that he created the NCP in 1999.

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Sharad Pawar like we discussed earlier always had an interest in sports like cricket, kabaddi, kho kho, wrestling, & football. Some Sports Organizations that he led have been mentioned at the start of the article while some are given below…

  • Maharashtra Wrestling Association
  • Maharashtra Kabbadi Association
  • Maharashtra Kho Kho Association
  • Maharashtra Olympics Association
  • President of the Pune International Marathon Trust.

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