Sharad Pawar Biography
Sharad Chandra Govindrao Pawar is the president of the Nationalist Congress Party which he established in 1999, after separating from the Indian National Congress. Previously, he was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Minister of Defence and Minister of Agriculture of India on three separate occasions.
From 2005 to 2008, he was served as the Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and from 2010 to 2012, the President of the International Cricket Council. Pawar was re-elected as president of the Mumbai Cricket Association in June 2015.
Sharad Pawar was born on 12 December 1940 in the town of Baramati in Pune district, Maharashtra to Govindrao Pawar and Shardabai Pawar. He is married to Pratibha and has one daughter named Supriya. Sharad Pawar was an average student and studied at Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce in Pune. He was active in student politics and his first ever political act was in 1956 when he planned and organized a protest march in Pravaranagar for Goan Independence.
In 1967, Sharad Pawar got into the Maharashtra legislative assembly for the first time from Baramati, representing the undivided Congress Party. Later in 1978, he broke away and formed an alliance government with the opposition and became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the first time. After two years, this democratic alliance government was dismissed and in 1981, he took over the Presidency of the Congress. In 1984, he won the Lok Sabha election from Baramati parliamentary constituency, followed by state assembly elections in March 1985 and preferred to continue in state politics for a while.
Shortly, Pawar resigned from the Lok Sabha seat and in 1987 went back to Congress after nine years. In 1988, he became the Chief Minister of the state and was asked to monitor the rise of Shiv Sena in the state politics. In the state elections of 1990, the Congress party won with over 141 seats out of 288 seats and with the support of twelve independent MLAs, Sharad Pawar was again made the Chief Minister of the state. Later when Pawar was made the Ministry of Defence, Sudhakarrao Naik, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra opted out from his post. Therefore, Sharad Pawar again became the Chief Minister of the state of Maharashtra.
In 1999, Sharad Pawar along with P.A. Sangma founded the Nationalist Congress Party. But later in 2004, he joined with the Congress led UPA government as the Union Minister of Agriculture and Food. In 2009, Pawar was appointed as the Union Minister of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. In 2005, he headed the BCCI and was made the Vice-President of ICC in 2007. In 2010, he became the President of ICC.
Several allegations and charges of involving in corruption cases, links with underworld mafia, etc have been made in the past against Mr. Pawar. His name has come up in controversies and scams like the Stamp-Paper Scam Connection Controversy, Controversial Wheat Imports, Land Allotment, IPL Exemption From Tax Controversy, Assets Declaration Controversy, Nira Radia’s Controversial Allegations, etc. He was also held accountable and condemn for the recent price hike of basic commodities.
Sharad Pawar is associated with many educational institutions including the Hon. Sharad Pawar Public School, the Sharad Pawar International School, Pune; and the Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy, near Mumbai.