Sharad Pawar pays tribute to mentor Yashwantrao Chavan; says "need to fight forces creating communal divide"

A day after the NCP split, Pawar travelled to Karad to visit Chavan's memorial 'Pritisangam' on the occasion of Guru Purnima, where he interacted with his supporters

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar (photo: IANS)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar (photo: IANS)
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Monday, July 3, said there was a need to fight forces creating a communal divide in Maharashtra and the country.

Addressing NCP workers and supporters in Karad a day after Ajit Pawar led a vertical split in the party to become the deputy chief minister in the Eknath Shinde-led government, Sharad Pawar also said "some of our people fell prey to BJP's tactics to break other parties."

"Attempts are being made to create communal divide in Maharashtra and the country. We need to fight forces that create fear among peace-loving citizens," he said. "We need to protect democracy in the country," he added.

Sharad Pawar visited the memorial of his mentor and Maharashtra's first chief minister Yashwantrao Chavan in Karad and paid floral tributes to him.

The 82-year-old leader's visit to late Chavan's memorial 'Pritisangam' on the occasion of Guru Purnima is being seen as a show of strength by him, a day after his nephew Ajit Pawar led a vertical split in the NCP.

Sharad Pawar left from Pune for Karad on Monday morning and stopped along the way to meet supporters who lined up on roadsides to greet him and extend support to him.


In Karad, he was welcomed by thousands of supporters and local NCP MLA Balasaheb Patil. Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, who hails from Karad, was also present.

Sharad Pawar on Sunday, July 2, said he was undeterred by his nephew Ajit Pawar's rebellion and would start afresh by going among the people.

With PTI inputs

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