|Ajitdada Anantrao Pawar|
|Deputy Chief Minister (Maharashtra)|
2012 – present
|Preceded by||Chagan Bhujbal|
10 November 2010 – 25 September 2012
|Preceded by||Chhagan Bhujbal|
22 July 1959 |
Taluka - Rahuri,
District - Ahmednagar
|Spouse(s)||Mrs. Sunetra Pawar|
|Children||Parth Pawar (Elder son)
Jay Pawar (Younger son)
|Residence||Sahyog, Baramati, Pune|
|As of 12 November, 2010|
Ajit Pawar is the son of Anantrao Pawar, who was an elder brother of Sharad Pawar and worked for V. Shantaram's Rajkamal studio. His paternal grandfather, Govindrao Pawar was employed by the Baramati Farmers' Cooperative (Sahakari Kharedi Vikri Sangh).
Pawar is educated to Secondary school level (equivalent to Junior High USA) or GCSE (UK)) and holds the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) from the Maharashtra Government .
Ajit Pawar made his foray into politics in 1982 when he was elected to a sugar cooperative body. He was elected chairman of the Pune District Co-operative Bank (PDC) in 1991 and remained in the post for 16 years. During this period he was also elected to the Lok Sabha from the Baramati constituency. He later vacated his Lok Sabha seat in favour of his uncle, Sharad Pawar, who had then become a Defense minister in P. V. Narasimha Rao's government.
Thereafter, he was elected as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) from Baramati Vidhan Sabha constituency in 1991. He went on to become minister of state for Agriculture and Power (June 1991 - November 1992) in Sudhakarrao Naik's government. Later he became minister of state for Soil Conservation, Power and Planning (November 1992 - February 1993) when Sharad Pawar returned to the state as chief minister.
When the Indian National Congress-NCP coalition came into power in 1999, Pawar was promoted to cabinet minister, firstly in the Irrigation Department (October 1999 - December 2003) in Vilasrao Deshmukh's government. He was given additional charge of the Rural Development Department (December 2003 - October 2004) in Sushilkumar Shinde's government.
When Congress-NCP combination returned to power in 2004 he retained the Water Resources Ministry (name changed from Irrigation department to Water Resources department) (November 2004 - October 2009) in Deshmukh's government and later in Ashok Chavan's government. He also became the Guardian minister for Pune district in 2004 and has held the post since then.
Criticism and allegations of corruption
There are allegations that as the minister for water resources he spared no efforts to help in the development of Lavasa, a project touted as a "vision of Sharad Pawar". The Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) leased 141.15 ha (348.8 acres) to Lavasa in August 2002, which included part of Warasgaon dam reservoir. The lease between MKDVC and Lavasa was executed at rates far below the market rate.
In September 2012, there were accusations that there had been misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs. 700 billion (about $13 billion). These allegations were made by a Maharashtra bureaucrat, Vijay Pandhare, and caused Anjali Damani to request Pawar's resignation as a minister. However, the allegations were not proved and hence he was reinstated as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
He told the Indian Election Commission in 2004 that he had financial assets of more than 30 million Rupees at that time.
On 7 April 2013, Ajit Pawar in an attempt at being comical about his inability to bring waters to the dams, made a controversial statement with regards to an activist fasting for 55 days in Maharastra against the current drought crisis. He quipped at a function at Indapur near Pune "If there is no water in the dam ... Should we urinate into it?," kicked off controversy in a state reeling under severe drought. Later, due to the political and media pressure, he apologized for the same and admitted his off the cuff comment was the biggest mistake of his life. He has been claimed to be the most corrupt politician in Maharashtra along with Sunil Tatkare, the then Irrigation minister.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ajit Pawar.|
- "Lavasa’s journey downhill". Down To Earth. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Lavasa exposed". Down To Earth. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- PTI 8 Apr 2013, 07.29PM IST. "Ajit Pawar apologizes again, says 'this is biggest mistake of my life'". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 May 2013.