“The first victory for the BJP is already in its bag. Pawar had declared his candidature about one month ago. However, upon reaching out to the people in several assembly constituencies, he got negative feedback and came to know that he is not going to win elections against the BJP. Thus, he decided to quit by making some excuse,” stated Deshmukh.
Pawar on Monday introduced that he wouldn’t contest the following Lok Sabha elections.
“I thought that already two members of my family are contesting the election and this was the time one should think about not contesting. Hence, I felt this is the right time to take a decision not to contest since I have already contested 14 times in the past,” he stated.
However, final month Pawar had stated that he would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, whereas his nephew Ajit Pawar and another members of the family won’t contest.
NCP is contesting the polls in alliance with the Congress in Maharashtra the place 48 Lok Sabha seats are at stake.
On Sunday, Election Commission of India had introduced the schedule for 17th Lok Sabha elections, which might be held in seven phases starting April 11. The last part of voting will happen on May 19. The counting of votes might be carried out on May 23. (ANI)
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