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NCP chief Sharad Pawar says he will not contest Lok Sabha polls

Sharad Pawar. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 11, 2019, 03.58 PM (IST)

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said he will not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls

"I thought that already two members of my family are contesting polls this time and hence I felt this is right time to take decision to not contest since I already have contested 14 times in the past," Pawar said. 

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Pawar is president of the Nationalist Congress Party which he founded in 1999 after breaking away from the Congress

He is currently a Rajya Sabha member of parliament, and leader of his party in the upper house. 

Pawar has been chief minister of Maharashtra three times. He has also been a union minister of defence and agriculture. 

Pawar was on Monday asked if he was not contesting the upcoming polls because he was worried he might be beaten.

"I have successfully faced 14 elections. Do you think a fifteenth will deter me?" the news agency PTI quoted Pawar as replying. 

 

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'I thought that already two members of my family are contesting polls this time and hence I felt this is right time to take decision to not contest since I already have contested 14 times in the past,' Pawar said.