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. He is a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly representing Baramati constituency. 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.
Ajit Anantrao Pawar was born on 22 July 1959 at his grandfathers 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 Pawars elder brother Anantrao Pawar. Anantrao had initially worked for renowned film maker, V.Shantarams "Rajkamal Studios" in Mumbai. Ajit Pawars 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 Career :
While Ajit Pawar 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 Raos 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. He went on to become minister of state for Agriculture and Power (June 1991 - November 1992) in Sudhakarrao Naiks government.
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 Deshmukhs government. He was given additional charge of the Rural Development Department (December 2003 - October 2004) in Sushilkumar Shindes government. When Congress-NCP combination returned to power in 2004, he retained the Water Resources Ministry in Deshmukhs government and later in Ashok Chavans government.
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 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.