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Sharad Pawar attends govt's Namo job fair in his Baramati stronghold after invite gaffe

Shinde and Fadnavis had declined the meal invite by citing a busy schedule, while the position of Ajit Pawar, a bitter rival of Sharad Pawar since the split in the NCP in July last year, was not known.
Last Updated 02 March 2024, 10:16 IST

Baramati: As battlelines got drawn in Baramati in Pune district in the run up to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Supriya Sule and Sunetra Pawar - the two possible contestants, shared the dais on Saturday in this high-profile constituency in Maharashtra. 

The occasion was the inauguration of the 'Namo Rojgar Melava 2024’ by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde in presence of two Deputy Chief Ministers - Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar. 

The function was held at Vidya Pratishthan, the institution founded by Sharad Pawar, the four-time Maharashtra Chief Minister and three-time union minister. 

Things in Baramati have changed post the rebellion by Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar, who walked to the BJP-led NDA camp and later successfully claimed the NCP party and iconic clock symbol of the political outfit founded by the Maratha strongman a quarter of a century 25 years ago.

In fact, the 83-year-old Sharad Pawar has dominated the Baramati politics for over half a century. 

In most likelihood, in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, the contest would be between Ajit Pawar’s wife Sunetra Pawar and Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule, a three-time Baramati MP and one-term Rajya Sabha MP. 

Over the past fortnight, both Sunetra Pawar and Supriya Sule held a series of meetings in the Pawar-family stronghold. 

The Baramati job fair seemed to be the launch of Sunetra Pawar’s campaign.

However, initially the name of Sharad Pawar’s name was missing from the invite list - even though he function was being held in this institution, however, the veteran politician seized the opportunity and invited the trio for Shinde, Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar, for a meal at his residence Govind Baug.

Shinde and Fadnavis, however, declined the invite sharing prior engagements. 

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(Published 02 March 2024, 10:16 IST)

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