Ajit Pawar, the power centre in NCP
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 22:07
Mumbai: Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister-designate Ajit Pawar has always been known in state political circles as the real power centre in Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) founded by his uncle Sharad Pawar 11 years ago.

Fondly known as Ajit'dada' among supporters and political rivals alike, the 51-year-old was the youngest Minister in the Congress-led Vilasrao Deshmukh government which came to power in 1999.

The man, who is set to become Maharashtra's new Deputy CM replacing Chhagan Bhujbal, made his foray into electoral politics in 1982. He won a sugar co-operative body poll by a good margin.

Ajit Pawar was elected to Lok Sabha from Baramati, Sharad Pawar's pocket borough in western Maharashtra, in 1991. He returned to state politics as MLA from Baramati and was inducted into Sudhakar Naik government.

Pawar, who was in the race for the Deputy CM post last year also, currently handles the Power and Water Resources Ministries in Congress-NCP alliance government. He is also Guardian Minister of Pune district.

He is known for his administrative acumen, planning and vision and the way he has handled key portfolios of energy and irrigation.

Ajit Pawar has a fan following among NCP workers that is envy of other leaders of the party. He is known to keep the media at bay.

Ajit Pawar is the second prominent politician in the state after late Chief Minister Vasantdada Patil to have the honour of being addressed as "dada" (big brother).

His ascent to the top post in state NCP is expected to silence his detractors who sought to equate him with Sharad Pawar's MP-daughter Supriya Sule on the issue of senior Maratha strongman's political heir.

Pawar is married to Sunetra, who looks after his Assembly constituency Baramati in Pune district. He has two sons.


First Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 22:07

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