Sharad Chandra Govindrao Pawar, mostly referred to as Sharad Pawar, is an Indian politician. Hes the founder and President of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) since 1999, after disassociating from the Indian National Congress. In his political career, Sharad Pawar has held key positions both in state politics and at national level. He has served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra and also as Defense Minister of India. at the present hes the Minister of Agriculture under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by the Indian National Congress. He represents the Mahda constituency of Maharashtra within the Lok Sabha and leads the Nationalist Congress Party delegation. He has been accused of involving in corruption several times. From 2005 to 2008 he served the Board of Control for Cricket in India as Chairman. He also held the distinguished post of President of International Cricket Council, succeeding England’s David Morgan.
Sharad Pawar was born on 12 December 1940 to Shri Govindrao Pawar and Smt. Shardabai Pawar. His father worked with Baramati Farmers Cooperative, also referred to as Sahakari Kharedi Vikri Sangh, and his mother wont to lookout of the family farm about 10 km faraway from Baramati at Katewadi. Sharad Pawar has five brothers and 4 sisters. He was educated during a school under the Maharashtra Education Society. He studied in Pune at the Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce under the Pune University. Sharad Pawar married Pratibha Shinde on 1 August 1967; they need a daughter Supriya, who is married to Sadanand Sule and is presently a member of the 15th Lok Sabha, representing the constituency of Baramati in Maharashtra. Sharad Pawar’s younger brother Pratap runs Sakal, a famous Marathi daily, and his nephew Ajit Pawar is presently the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. His interests include horticulture, agriculture, irrigation, economics, finance, energy and sports. His favourite pastime is reading and he likes to travel tons .
Sharad Pawar was a mean student although he was quite active in students’ politics. His enthusiasm in debates, his dynamic speaking prowess, his vigor in organizing and arranging outdoor activities and sports were all early indicators of his leadership qualities. His first act within the field of politics was his active participation and organization of a civil disobedience in 1956 in support of the Goa Liberation Movement. He represented student leadership at Brihan Maharashtra Commerce College (BMCC) and served because the General Secretary. This place marked his entry into politics and his association with the Youth Congress. He came in touch with Yashwantrao Chavan, who is taken into account the architect of recent Maharashtra. Chavan recognized his potential as a pacesetter and eventually Sharad Pawar became the leader of Youth Congress. He was also a member of the state’s Pradesh Congress Committee.
Member of legislature of Maharashtra
Congress Legislature Party’s Secretary in Maharashtra
Pradesh Congress Committee’s General Secretary in Maharashtra
From 1972 to 1974 he was the Minister of State of state of Maharashtra for Food, Home, Civil Supplies, Publicity, Rehabilitation, Sports and Youth Welfare.
From 1974 to 1978 he was the cupboard Minister of Agriculture, Home, Education, Industries, Youth Welfare and Labour under the govt of Maharashtra.
From 1978 to 1980 he was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
From 1981 to 1986 he was the Leader of Opposition within the legislature of Maharashtra.
From 1982 to 1987 he was the President of Congress (S).
In 1984 he was elected to the 8th Lok Sabha but he resigned in March 1985.
From 1988 to 1991 he was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
In 1991 he was again elected to the 10th Lok Sabha.
From 1991 to 1993 he served because the Defense Minister.
From 1993 to 1995 he was a member of the legislature of Maharashtra. He became the Chief Minister ofMaharashtra.
From 1995 to 1996 he was made the Leader of Opposition of the legislature of Maharashtra.
In 1996 he was re-elected for the third term within the 11th Lok Sabha.
From 1996 to 1997 he held memberships in Committee on Environment and Forests and Committee on Science and Technology.
In 1998 he was elected as member of the 12th Lok Sabha for the fourth term. He was made the Leader of Opposition.
Committee on External Affairs and its Sub-Committee-II
General Purposes Committee
Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Consultative Committee
In 1999 he was elected for the fifth time to the 13th Lok Sabha. He became the Leader of NCP in Parliament.
From 1999 to 2000 he was the member of the overall Purposes Committee and therefore the Committee on Agriculture.
From 2000 to 2001 he was the member of the Committee on Ethics.
From 2001 to 2004 he was the president of the national Committee on Disaster Management. He was also the Leader of NCP in Parliament within the Lok Sabha.
In 2004 he was elected for the sixth time to the 14th Lok Sabha.
From 23 May 2004 he became the Union Cabinet Minister for Consumer Affairs, Public Distribution, Agriculture and Food. He was also the vice chairman of the Parliamentary Forum on conservation and Management.
In 2009 he was elected for the seventh time as a member to the 15th Lok Sabha.
From 31 May 2009 to 18 January 2011 he was the Union Cabinet Minister for Consumer Affairs, Public Distribution, Agriculture and Food. He was again made the Leader of NCP in Parliament within the Lok Sabha.
From 19 January 2011 hes the Union Cabinet Minister for Food Processing Industries and Agriculture.
Outstanding Parliamentarian Award, 2003 from the then President of India Smt. Pratibha Devsingh Patil.
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan, Detroit, U.S.A bestowed him with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Humanities.
Fast Forward, a book containing a set of the speeches given by Sharad Pawar was released in 2008 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Manmohan Singh.
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