Sharad Pawar. Pic/X@PawarSpeaks
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar, known as the architect of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra, will turn 83 on December 12.
Pawar, a former Union Minister and a four-time chief minister of Maharashtra, is one of the foremost opposition leaders and is seen as a pivot to the anti-BJP front in the country. He is known to share a good rapport with politicians, including the prime minister, across political parties.
The veteran leader was also instrumental in the formation of the NCP-Congress unlikely tie-up with the Shiv Sena in 2019 after the Sena fell out with its ally BJP following the Assembly polls.
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Earlier this year, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar followed the footsteps of Eknath Shinde. He took a sizeable section of NCP leaders and joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party, forming a part of the Eknath Shinde - Devendra Fadnavis government.
Ajit Pawar and eight MLAs of the NCP joined the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on July 2. The development led to a split within the NCP, which was founded by Sharad Pawar in 1999.
The Sharad Pawar camp filed petitions seeking disqualification of five MLCs who defected to the Ajit Pawar faction, while the rival group sought disqualification of three council members from the party founder's side.
On Sharad Pawar's birthday, here's a look at some interesting facts about the NCP supremo: