Ajit Pawar

Ajit Anantrao Pawar (born 22 July 1959) is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra, who is the current Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Ajit Anantrao Pawar
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8th Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Assumed office
30 December 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief MinisterUddhav Thackeray
Preceded byHimself
In office
23 November 2019 – 26 November 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief MinisterDevendra Fadnavis
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded byHimself
In office
25 October 2012 – 26 September 2014
GovernorKateekal Sankaranarayanan
Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao
Chief MinisterPrithviraj Chavan
Preceded byHimself
In office
10 November 2010 – 25 September 2012
GovernorS.C. Jamir
Kateekal Sankaranarayanan
Chief MinisterPrithviraj Chavan
Preceded byChhagan Bhujbal
Succeeded byPresident's rule
Minister of Finance and Planning
Government of Maharashtra
Assumed office
4 January 2020
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief MinisterUddhav Thackeray
Preceded bySudhir Mungantiwar, BJP
Member of Legislative Assembly, Maharashtra
Assumed office
1991
Preceded bySharad Pawar
ConstituencyBaramati
Personal details
Born (1959-07-22) 22 July 1959 (age 61)
Deolali Pravara, Bombay State, India
Political partyNationalist Congress Party
Spouse(s)Sunetra Pawar
ChildrenParth Pawar
Jay Pawar
ResidenceSahyog, Baramati, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Websitehttp://www.ajitpawar.org/
As of 24 October, 2019

He is a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly representing Baramati constituency.[1] He is the nephew of Sharad Pawar, the chief of Nationalist Congress Party. Besides being the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, he is also the Finance Minister of Maharashtra.

Early lifeEdit

Ajit Anantrao Pawar was born on 22 July 1959 at his grandfather's place in Deolali Pravara, Ahmednagar district. He completed his schooling in Deolali, Pravara. He hails from the village of Katevadi in Baramati Taluka, Pune district. He is the Nephew of the Nationalist Congress Party President, Sharad Pawar.

Ajit Pawar is the son of Sharad Pawar's elder brother Anantrao Pawar. Anantrao had initially worked for renowned film maker, V.Shantaram's "Rajkamal Studios" in Bombay (present-day Mumbai). Ajit Pawar's grandfather Govindrao Pawar was employed with Baramati Co-operative trading and his grandmother looked after the family farm. Pawar was pursuing his graduation but he had to leave formal education due to untimely death of his father, so he left college and started looking after his family. He is educated up to Secondary school level and holds the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) from the Maharashtra State Board.

Political careerEdit

While Ajit Pawar [2] was pursuing his primary education at Deolali Pravara, his uncle, Sharad Pawar had become a rising political figure in the ruling Congress party. Therefore, Ajit moved to Bombay for his further education. The younger Pawar made his foray into politics in 1982 when he was elected to the board of a cooperative sugar factory . He was elected chairman of the Pune District Co-operative Bank (PDC) in 1991 and remained in the post for 16 years. During this period he was also elected as Member of parliament, Lok Sabha from the Baramati. He later vacated his Lok Sabha seat in favour of his uncle, Sharad Pawar, who had then become defence minister in PV Narasimha Rao's government. Thereafter, he was elected as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Baramati. Pawar was re-elected from the same constituency in 1995, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014.[3] He went on to become minister of state for Agriculture and Power (June 1991 - November 1992) in Sudhakarrao Naik's government.[citation needed]

Later he became minister of state for Soil Conservation, Power and Planning (November 1992 - February 1993) when Sharad Pawar returned to the state as chief minister. When the Indian National Congress-NCP coalition came into power in 1999, Pawar was promoted to cabinet minister, firstly in the Irrigation Department (October 1999 - December 2003) in Vilasrao Deshmukh's government. He was given additional charge of the Rural Development Department (December 2003 - October 2004) in Sushilkumar Shinde's government.[citation needed] When Congress-NCP combination returned to power in 2004, he retained the Water Resources Ministry in Deshmukh's government and later in Ashok Chavan's government. He also became the Guardian minister for Pune district in 2004 and held the post until the Congress - NCP coalition lost power in 2014.[citation needed]

He was the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra State from 23 to 26 November 2019 for less than 80 hours. Thus, he became Deputy CM with the shortest tenure in Devendra Fadnavis led BJP-NCP alliance government. On 1 December 2019, it was announced that Pawar would take over as Deputy Chief Minister after the commencement of the winter session of the state legislature on 16 December.[4]

ControversiesEdit

There are allegations that as the minister for water resources he spared no efforts to help in the development of Lavasa,[5] a project touted as a "vision of Sharad Pawar". The Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) leased 141.15 ha (348.8 acres) to Lavasa in August 2002, which included part of Warasgaon dam reservoir. The lease between MKVDC and Lavasa was executed at rates far below the market rate.[6]

In September 2012, there were accusations that there had been misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs. 70,000 Crores (about $13 billion). These allegations were made by a Maharashtra bureaucrat, Vijay Pandhare, and caused Anjali Damania to request Pawar's resignation as a minister. However, the allegations were not proved and hence he was reinstated as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.[7]

He told the Indian Election Commission in 2004 that he had financial assets of more than 3 crore Rupees at that time.[citation needed]

On 7 April 2013, Ajit Pawar in an attempt at being comical about his inability to bring waters to the dams, made a controversial statement with regards to an activist fasting for 55 days in Maharashtra against the current drought crisis. He quipped at a function at Indapur near Pune "If there is no water in the dam ... Should we urinate into it?," kicked off controversy in a state reeling under severe drought. Later, due to the political and media pressure, he apologized for the same and admitted his off the cuff comment was the biggest mistake of his life.[8]

On 16 April 2014, Pawar visited Masalwadi, a village in the Baramati constituency from which his cousin Supriya Sule was contesting the general election, and threatened the villagers that if they did not vote for Sule, he would punish them by cutting off water supply to the village.[9][10][11][12][13] Pawar may have violated the election code of conduct as campaigning is not permitted within the 48 hours prior to the close of polling.

Personal lifeEdit

Ajit Pawar is married to Sunetra (née Nimbalkar Patil) sister of former minister of Maharashtra Padamsinh Patil. They have two sons named, Parth Pawar and Jay Pawar.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Post election when pre election alliance of Shiv Sena and BJP was not able to form Government.President rule was imposed in the state.Surprise, surprise: Devendra Fadnavis sworn in as Maharashtra CM, Ajit Pawar Dy CM, India Today, 23 November 2019
  2. ^ "Ajit Pawar". NDTV. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Baramati stays with Ajit Pawar". The Indian Express. Indian Express Group. 20 October 2014. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  4. ^ Marpakwar, Prafulla (2 December 2019). "Ajit Pawar to be deputy CM after winter session begins". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Lavasa's journey downhill". Down To Earth. 15 April 2011. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Lavasa exposed". Down To Earth. 15 April 2011. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Ajit Pawar reinstated". Business Standard India. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  8. ^ PTI 8 Apr 2013, 07.29PM IST. "Ajit Pawar apologizes again, says 'this is biggest mistake of my life'". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 June 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  9. ^ Gurjar, Kaumudi (18 April 2014). "Ajit Pawar at it again". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  10. ^ "VIDEO: Ajit Pawar Water threat to Baramati Villagers". TV9 Maharashtra. 18 April 2014. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  11. ^ "AAP complaints against Maharashtra Deputy CM for threatening villagers". Economic Times. 18 April 2014. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  12. ^ "AAP to EC: Ajit Pawar 'threatening' villagers". Times of India. 18 April 2014. Archived from the original on 22 April 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Vote for Supriya Sule".

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