Sharad Pawar

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Sharad Pawar
Sharad Pawar, Minister of AgricultureCrop.jpg
Union Agriculture Minister
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Madha
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009
Preceded by position created
Chief Minister of Maharashtra
In office
18 July 1978 – 17 February 1980
Preceded by Vasantdada Patil
Succeeded by President's Rule
In office
26 June 1988 – 25 June 1991
Preceded by Shankarrao Chavan
Succeeded by Sudhakarrao Naik
In office
6 March 1993 – 14 March 1995
Preceded by Sudhakarrao Naik
Succeeded by Manohar Joshi
Presidents Bharat Scouts and Guides
In office
2001–2004
Preceded by Rameshwar Thakur
Succeeded by Rameshwar Thakur
Minister of Agriculture
Incumbent
Assumed office
2004
Preceded by Rajnath Singh
Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
In office
2004–2011
Preceded by Sharad Yadav
Succeeded by K.V. Thomas
President of the International Cricket Council
In office
2010–2012
Preceded by David Morgan
Succeeded by Alan Isaac
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Baramati
In office
1991–2009
Preceded by Ajit Pawar
Succeeded by Supriya Sule
Personal details
Born (1940-12-12) 12 December 1940 (age 73)
Pune, Maharashtra
Political party Indian National Congress (1967–1978)
Congress (S) (1978-1987)
Indian National Congress (1987–1999)
Nationalist Congress Party (1999–present)
Spouse(s) Pratibhatai Pawar
Children 1 daughter – Supriya Sule
Residence Baramati, Pune
Profession Politician
Religion Hinducitation needed
As of 29 October, 2010
Source: [3]

Sharad Chandra Govindrao Pawar (Marathi: शरदचंद्र गोविंदराव पवार; born 12 December 1940) is the president of the Nationalist Congress Party which he founded in 1999, after separating from the Indian National Congress. He has previously held the posts of Minister of Defence and Chief Minister of Maharashtra . Pawar currently serves as Minister of Agriculture, Government of India. Pawar is from the town of Baramati in the Pune district of Maharashtra. He leads the NCP delegation in the Lok Sabha, representing his constituency of Madha in Maharashtra. He holds a position of prominence in national politics as well as the regional politics of Maharashtra, although marred by frequent allegations of corruption and criminal activity.

Pawar also served as the Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from 2005 to 2008. In 2010, Sharad Pawar became the International Cricket Council president after England's David Morgan.1

Early life and family

Pawar is one of the ten children (six sons and four daughters) born to Govindrao Pawar and Shardabai Pawar. Govindrao was employed in the Baramati Farmers' Cooperative (Sahakari Kharedi Vikri Sangh) while his mother looked after the family farm at Katewadi, ten kilometres from Baramati. Most of his siblings were well educated and were either professionals or ran their own businesses. Pawar studied at Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC), University of Pune in Pune but looks like never completed it as per mentioned in his affiadavit he has passed S.S.C 10th in 1958.2 He was an average student, however, active in student politics. Pawar's first political act was when he organised a protest march for Goan Independence in Pravaranagar in 1956.3 Pawar is married to Pratibha (nee Shinde). They have one daughter, Supriya who is married to Sadanand Sule. Supriya currently represents the Baramati constituency in the 15th Lok Sabha (India's house of elected representatives). Pawar's nephew, Ajit Pawar is also a prominent politician in his own right and serves as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Pawar's younger brother, Pratap runs the influential Marathi daily, Sakal.

Political career

1967–1990

Sharad Pawar entered the Maharashtra legislative assembly for the first time in 1967 from Baramati, representing the undivided Congress Party. Yashwantrao Chavan was the political mentor of Sharad Pawar.4

Pawar broke away from the Congress to form a coalition government with the Janata Party in 1978, becoming the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the first time at a time when Indira Gandhi had become incredibly unpopular due to her imposition of Emergency in 1975.citation needed This Progressive Democratic Front government was dismissed in February 1980, following Indira Gandhi's return to power at the Centre.

In the 1980 elections the Congress(I) party won the majority in state assembly and A.R. Antulay,took over as the chief minister of the state. Pawar took over the Presidency of his Congress(S) in 1983. For the first time, he won Lok Sabha election from Baramati parliamentary constituency in 1984. He also won state assembly elections of March 1985 from Baramati and preferred to continue in state politics for a while and resigned from the Lok Sabha. His party, the Indian Congress (Socialist) won 54 seats out of 288 in the state assembly and he became the leader of the opposition.

His returning to the Congress (I) in 1987 has been cited as a reason for the rise of the Shiv Sena at that time. Pawar had stated at the time, "the need to save the COngress Culture in Maharashtra", as his reason for returning to Congress. In June 1988, Prime Minister of India and Congress President Rajiv Gandhi decided to induct then Maharashtra Chief Minister Shankarrao Chavan into Union Cabinet as Finance Minister and Sharad Pawar was chosen to replace Chavan as chief minister. Sharad Pawar had the task of checking the rise of the Shiv Sena in state politics, which was a potential challenge to the dominance of Congress party in the state.citation needed In 1989 Lok Sabha elections, Congress party won 28 seats out of 48 in Maharashtra. In the state assembly elections of February 1990, the alliance between the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party posed a stiff challenge to the Congress. Congress fell short of an absolute majority in the state assembly, winning 141 seats out of 288. Sharad Pawar was sworn in as chief minister again on 4 March 1990 with the support of 12 independent or unaffiliated members of Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Early 1990s

During the course of election campaign, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. There were reports in the media that Pawar's name was being considered for the Prime Minister's post along with those of P.V. Narasimha Rao and N.D. Tiwari.567 However the Congress Parliamentary Party elected P.V. Narasimha Rao as its leader and he was sworn in as Prime Minister on 21 June 1991. Rao decided to induct Pawar as Defence Minister. On 26 June 1991, Pawar took over as that portfolio, continuing till March 1993. After Pawar's successor in Maharashtra, Sudhakarrao Naik stepped down, Rao sent Pawar back as chief minister of the state.

"He was sworn in as chief minister for his fourth and most controversial termcitation needed on 6 March 1993. Almost immediately, Mumbai, the financial capital of India and the state capital of Maharashtra, was rocked with series of bomb blasts on 12 March 1993."

Mid 1990s

The Deputy Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, G R Khairnar made a series of accusations against Pawar for being involved in corruption and protecting the criminals.89 Though Khairnar could not produce any evidence in support of his claims, it inevitably affected Pawar's popularity. Notable social worker Anna Hazare started a fast unto death to demand expulsion of 12 officers of the Forest department of Government of Maharashtra, who had been accused of corruption. The opposition parties accused Pawar's government of trying to shield the corrupt officers. The 1994 Gowari stampede occurred at Nagpur during the Winter Session of Maharashtra State Assembly and killed 114 people. Nagpur Police were trying to disperse almost 50000 Gowari protesters using baton charge but it created panic and triggered stampede amongst protesters.10 Allegations were made that the mishap occurred because welfare minister Madhukarrao Pichad did not meet with the delegation of the Vanjara people in time. Though Pichad stepped down owing moral responsibility for the mishap, this incident was another setback to Sharad Pawar's government.

After 16 years of protest, government finally renamed the Marathwada University to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University on 14 January 1994 (Namantar Andolan). Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University is expansion of name (Namvistar) rather than complete change of name (Namanatar).As a chief minister Mr Sharad Pawar announced few developments in the university departments.1112

The elections to the Vidhan Sabha were due to be held in 1995. The Shiv Sena and BJP combine was leading the Congress in the polls, and there was widespread rebellion in the Congress party. The Shiv Sena-BJP combine won 138 seats while Congress party retained only 80 seats in the state assembly. Sharad Pawar had to step down and Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi took over as chief minister on 14 March 1995.

Till the Lok Sabha elections of 1996, Sharad Pawar served as the Leader of the Opposition in State Legislative Council. In the 1996 General elections, he won from the Baramati seat and has not returned to the State Assembly since.

1997 till date

In June 1997, he unsuccessfully challenged Sitaram Kesri for the post of Congress President. In the mid-term parliamentary elections of 1998, Sharad Pawar not only won from his constituency, Baramati but also led the Congress to an emphatic win in Maharashtra. His move to align with the Republican Party of India (Athvale) and Samajwadi Party for the elections in the state brought rich dividents and the Congress party and allies won 37 seats out of 48 in the state. Sharad Pawar served as Leader of Opposition in 12th Lok Sabha.

After 12th Lok Sabha was dissolved and elections to 13th Lok Sabha were due, Pawar, P.A. Sangma and Tariq Anwar demanded that the Congress Party needed to project someone born in India as the Prime Ministerial candidate and not the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, who had entered party politics and replaced Kesri as Congress President.

In June 1999, Pawar and Sangma founded the Nationalist Congress Party. His party had to align with the Congress party to form a coalition government in Maharashtra as neither party could win an absolute majority on its own in the 1999 assembly elections. Pawar, however, did not return to state politics, and Vilasrao Deshmukh of the Congress was chosen as Chief Minister, with Chagan Bhujbal representing the NCP as his deputy. The alliance has endured at the national and state level to this day.

After 2004 Lok Sabha elections, he joined the United Progressive Alliance government headed by Manmohan Singh as the Minister of Agriculture.

On 29 November 2005, he was elected President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

He was appointed Union Minister of Agriculture and of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution on 28 May 2009

In January 2012, He announced that he will not contest the next Lok Sabha election (Upcoming in 2014) and make way for a younger leadership, a move that is bound to create a stir in his party as well as the Congress.13 Although at 71, his retirement plans put the focus on the claims of his nephew Ajit Pawar as also daughter Supriya Sule. Pawar gave up the chairmanship of Empowered Group of Ministers on 2G, days after his appointment by the Prime Minister, fearing that his association with the decision making process would drag him into 2G Spectrum controversy.14 According to the reports Sharad Pawar being unhappy over not being offered the number 2 position in the government, has offered to resign from the union cabinet.15

Links with criminals

In 2002–03, the then Maharashtra Chief Minister Sudhakarrao made a statement that the state leader of Indian National Congress party and erstwhile Chief Minister Sharad Pawar, had asked him to "go easy on Pappu Kalani", a well known criminal-turned-politician now.16 Shiv Sena Chief, Bal Thackeray, had later concurred with these allegations.17 Further, Sudhakarrao also alleged that it was possible that Kalani and Hitendra Thakur, another criminal-turned-politician from Virar, had been given tickets to contest election for Maharashtra State Legislature at the behest of Sharad Pawar who also put in a word for Naik with the police when the latter was arrested for his role in post-Babri Masjid Demolition riots in Mumbai.18

Sharad Pawar is also alleged to have close links with the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim19 through Ibrahim's henchman Lakhan Singh based in the Middle East and close relationship with Shahid Balwa, also a suspect in the 2G spectrum scam. These allegations were strengthened by the revelation about Balwa's business partner, Vinod Goenka's controversial commercial project in Yerawada, Pune, being constructed on the same survey number as Pawar's family friend, Atul Chordia, had constructed the Panchshil Tech Park. Khadse alleged that it was Balwa who had applied for environmental clearance for the two projects, a charge that Chordia refuted. Coincidentally, Chordia's Panchshil Pvt Ltd has Pawar's daughter, Supriya Sule, and her husband Sadanand as investors.20 The state government's decision to hand over a 3-acre plot of the Yerawada police station for "re-development" to Balwa's construction was retracted following Balwa's arrest.

Sharad Pawar was also named by a convicted Indian criminal, Abdul Karim Telgi, during a narcoanalysis test21

Criticism and allegations of corruption

Stamp-paper scam connection controversy

Abdul Karim Telgi cited Pawar's name in relation to the 600 billion rupee stamp-paper scam, during a narcoanalysis filmed by various Indian news channels, wherein he also mentioned Chhagan Bhujbal.21

Controversial wheat imports

In 2007, the BJP asked for Pawar's resignation after alleging he was involved in a multi-crore scam involving wheat imports. In May 2007 a tender floated by the Food Corporation of India for procurement of wheat was cancelled when the lowest bid received was for 263 USD/ton. The government subsequently allowed private traders to purchase wheat directly from farmers that year resulting in a paucity of wheat to stock FCI granaries. By July 2007 the shortage at FCI was large enough to require import of wheat at a much higher price of 320–360 USD/ton. Taking advantage of this, traders who had domestically purchased wheat at 900 INR/ton earlier, were now offering the same to FCI at 1,300 INR/ton.2223

Land allotment

On 27 October 2007, the Bombay High Court served notices to institutions headed by Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar and Sadanand Sule (Sharad Pawar's son-in-law) along with a corresponding notice served to the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) on why special privileges were given to Pawar and his family. This was done in consideration of a Public Interest Litigation No. 148 of 2006, filed by Shamsunder Potare alleging that the land said allocations in Pune, made in 2002, were illegal. The institutions and properties mentioned include:

  • Two 141.15-acre (0.5712 km2) plots given allotted to Vidya Pratishthan, an educational society headed by Sharad Pawar
  • A 2-acre (8,100 m2) plot allotted to Anant Smriti Pratishthan, headed by Ajit Pawar, the Maharashtra state minister for irrigation and Sharad Pawar's nephew
  • A 130,000 square metre (32.12 acre) plot allotted to Lavasa Corporation, owned by Sadanand Sule, Sharad Pawar's son-in-law at the time. He handed over his stake in 2006.
  • A 1-acre (4,000 m2) plot allotted to Shivajinagar Agriculture College
  • A 3-acre (12,000 m2) plot allotted to Sharadchandraji Scout and Guide Training Institute

These allocations were made allegedly under NCP leader and minister Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar who was in charge of MKVDC at the time.2425 Sharad Pawar was served a contempt of court notice on 1 May 2008 in connection with this case for issuing statements to the press even though the matter was subjudice at the time, that was later rejected by the court. Also in connection with the case, the respondents were directed not to create third-party interests in the property under dispute and to undertake any developments at their own risk.2627

IPL exemption from tax controversy

In 2010, In case of IPL exemption from tax, Shiv Sena MLA Subhash Desai had alleged that state cabinet decided in January this year to impose the tax, before this year's IPL season started, but the decision was not implemented because of NCP chief Sharad Pawar's association with BCCI.28 Bombay High Court on August 2010 said there was "nothing on record" to show that the Union Minister influenced the Maharashtra government's decision to exempt Indian Premier League matches from entertainment tax.29

Controversy faced after assets declaration

In 2011, Sharad Pawar declared his assets to be worth INR 120 million as part of a mandatory disclosure, but his critics claimed that his wealth far exceeded the stated amount.3031 In 2010, it was alleged that the Pawar family indirectly held a 16% stake in the City Corporation, which had bid INR 11.76 billion for the IPL Pune franchise. Pawar and his family denied the allegations, but the IPL bidder's board resolution contradicted their claims.323334

Nira Radia's allegations

In 2011, under investigation of 2G spectrum scam Corporate Nira Radia has told the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar may be controlling the controversial DB Realty, media reports said on Thursday. According to the reports, she also told the investigative agency that he may have spoken with former telecom minister A Raja about the allocation of spectrum and licence to Swan Telecom. Radia also said that she had no documentary proof to back up her allegation.35 Pawar has denied any link with former DB managing director Shahid Balwa who is now in CBI custody.

Criticism of agricultural produce prices

As the Cabinet Minister for Agriculture, Pawar was consistently accused of being incapable of handling the extreme hike in prices of agricultural produce:

  • Wheat import in 2007 – Bombay High Court issued notices to Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, questioning the decision to import defective red wheat and to submit details of procurement of the crop from different states and the exact process of importing it.36
  • Sugar prices in 2009 – Opposition parties, including the BJP and the CPI(M) accused Sharad Pawar of engineering a steep rise in the price of sugar to the advantage of hoarders and importers.37
  • Onion prices in 2010–11 – The opposition have accused him to be responsible on the same issue.383940

Lavasa

Sharad Pawar is alleged to have demanded compensation for allowing Lavasa to be constructed. When Lavasa Corporation was receiving necessary clearances from the government of Maharashtra, relatives of Pawar had part-ownership of the company developing the project.41 Pawar's daughter and son-in-law had more than 20% ownership between 2002 and 2004, and they later sold their stakes.42 A nephew of his was chairman of Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) when the MKVDC signed off on lease agreements for Lavasa and allowed it to store water and build dams.41

Comments on the 2010 Pune bombing

After the 2010 Pune bombing of German Bakery, Sharad Pawar appeared to take the incident lightly, as he said to the reporters "It is not alright to arrive at a conclusion that the entire Pune city has been targeted. The place where the blast took place is an isolated area" adding "when I was Chief Minister, Mumbai saw 11 simultaneous blasts but everything returned to normal soon."43

Farmer suicides

During his tenure as Minister of Agriculture, there have been farmer suicides in excess of 15,000 per year, totalling over 200,000 since 1997.44 Sharad Pawar has stated on record that he believes that the rate of farmer suicide in India is a 'normal thing'. However he reaffirms that he is taking the necessary steps to reduce the numbers.45

Slapping incident

Pawar was slapped by a youth named Harvinder Singh at the New Delhi Municipal Corporation centre while leaving the premises after attending a literary function on 24 November 2011.46 The attacker, who previously is said to have assaulted former telecom minister Sukh Ram, was later arrested.

Motivation

Harvinder Singh is an auto-rickshaw driver and has no political affiliations. He said after slapping Pawar in Hindi that 'He is a thief, they are all thieves'. He said that he slapped Pawar because of corruption and price-rise.

Harvinder Singh's sister reportedly claimed that Singh was suffering from a mental illness. Sharad Pawar is the reason for Onion price fluctuation from which he profited millions of rupees47

Reactions

All leading political parties in India condemned the attack.48 Some politicians argued that violence should not be used as a means of raising concern.4950

The youth who slapped Pawar was highly praised on YouTube51 by common people, however politicians argued that violence should not be used as a means of raising concern.4950 There were also several fan pages created on Facebook.5253 There were parallels drawn with revolutionary and martyr Bhagat Singh,54 and pages advocating the shaming of more corrupt politicians.55

India Today reported that the opinion of its online readers was in favour of further shaming of corrupt people holding public office.56 There was also widespread criticism of the NCP's call for a bandh.5758 DNA India's readers also praised the59 attack on Sharad Pawar and expressed happiness that someone of them did this to a corrupt politician like Pawar.

The Times of India reported that Harvinder has been attacked multiple times, since being released from police custody once on 15 January and then again on 25 February.60

A popular page that called Harvinder Singh 'The next Bhagat Singh' was deleted by Facebook with no reasons given.61

Kolaveri parody

A parody of Why This Kolaveri Di, a track from a Tamil movie '3' which is honoured by YouTube with a Gold Award for getting the most number of hits,62 based on the Sharad Pawar slapping incident, known as "Chamaat Song"63 (Slap Song) was posted on YouTube . This track is listed in "Top 10 Versions of 'Kolaveri Di' Song"64 by the Times of India. The track received 964,729 hits by evening of 2 December 2011, within a week of its release on 25 November.65

Promotion of endosulfan

Even though endosulfan has been banned, India is the only one country which is against global banning of endosulfan. In spite of its known negative health effects, Sharad Pawar made a remark that endosulfan is not yet proved dangerous. This remark prompted activist Vandana Shiva to call him a corrupt minister.666768

Sports administration

Pawar has interests in kabbadi, kho kho, wrestling and football. He has served as the head of various sports organisations, including

Pawar was president of Pune International Marathon Trust, which has hosted Pune International Marathon for last 22 years.

The Annual Cycling race from Mumbai to Pune is also held c/o him. It's usually on the Sunday closest to his birthday on 12 December

See also

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