Lok Sabha polls 2024 | Stage set for Maharashtra’s mother of electoral battles in Baramati

Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Vishwajeet Kadam, among others, were present when Sule filed the nomination papers.
Last Updated : 18 April 2024, 06:28 IST
Last Updated : 18 April 2024, 06:28 IST

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Mumbai: Stage is all set for the mother of all electoral battles during the 2024 Lok Sabha elections  in Maharashtra with Supriya Sule and Sunetra Pawar - both members of the huge closely-knit Pawar-clan filing nomination papers from Baramati, on Thursday. 

It's clearly an eyeball-to-eyeball conflict between NCP and NCP (SP), where the state’s numero uno political family is involved in a battle-of-nerves. 

Located around 260 kms away from Mumbai, Baramati in Pune district is part of the Western Maharashtra, one 7 May during the Phase-3 of the Lok Sabha polls. 

In Baramati, its a direct contest between Supriya Sule, the three-time sitting MP and her sister-in-law Sunetra Pawar, the wife of her cousin Ajit Pawar. 

In June-July 2023, Ajit Pawar has rebelled against his uncle and mentor Sharad Pawar and walked to the BJP-led NDA camp to become the Deputy Chief Minister for the record fifth time. 

Later, Ajit Pawar, who anointed himself as the NCP President,  successfully claimed the real NCP party and the iconic clock symbol, whereas Sharad Pawar’s outfit is now known as NCP (SP) and man-blowing-tutari symbol.

Along with Sunetra Pawar, Ajit Pawar also filed a separate set of nomination papers for the seat as a back-up plan in case Sunetra Pawar’s nomination does not stand scrutiny or any discrepancy is found in it.

Before the filing of nominations at Council Hall, the Maha Yuti (NDA) and Maha Vikas Aghadi (I.N.D.I.A) held election rallies in Pune. 

“My fight is ideological and not political. You can see the records of last 18 years in the Parliament. After seeing my work, my merit, I am confident that the public will definitely stand with me,” said Supriya Sule. 

Senior Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Dr Vishwajeet Kadam accompanied Supriya Sule. 

When Sunetra Pawar filed the nominations, those who accompanied her include Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, RPI (A) founder and union minister Ramdas Athawale and NCP Working President Praful Patel. 

Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sunetra Pawar said: "Be it infrastructure, building of roads, Chandrayaan, Modi has been instrumental in doing tremendous work and that is why he is in the minds of the people.” 

For over five decades, Baramati has been controlled by the Pawar-family, which have always been unanimous over the candidature. However, with the split in the 25-year-old NCP and Ajit Pawar commanding more MPs and MLAs, the situation has changed. 


1957: Keshavrao Jedhe - Congress 

1960: Gulabrao Jedhe - Congress 

1962: Gulabrao Jedhe - Congress

1967: Tulsidas Jadhav - Congress 

1971: R K Khadilkar - Congress  

1977: Sambhajirao Kakade - Janata Party 

1980: Shankarrao Patil - Congress  

1984: Sharad Pawar - Congress (S) 

1985: Sambhajirao Kakade - Janata Party 

1989: Shankarrao Patil - Congress

1991: Ajit Pawar - Congress 

1991: Sharad Pawar - Congress 

1994: Bapusaheb Thite - Congress 

1996: Sharad Pawar - Congress 

1998: Sharad Pawar - Congress 

1999: Sharad Pawar - NCP

2004: Sharad Pawar - NCP

2009: Supriya Sule - NCP

2014: Supriya Sule - NCP 

2019: Supriya Sule- NCP 


1962: Maltibai Shirole - Congress 

1967: Sharad Pawar - Congress

1972: Sharad Pawar - Congress 

1978: Sharad Pawar - Congress 

1980: Sharad Pawar - INC (U)

1985: Sharad Pawar - Congress (S)

1990: Sharad Pawar - Congress 

1991: Ajit Pawar - Congress  

1995: Ajit Pawar - Congress  

1999: Ajit Pawar - NCP

2004: Ajit Pawar - NCP

2009: Ajit Pawar - NCP

2014: Ajit Pawar - NCP

2019: Ajit Pawar - NCP 

Published 18 April 2024, 06:28 IST

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