PUNE: Indian Politician Sharad Pawar skipped Maratha silent March that took place on Thursday. He went to Delhi for an "urgent meeting" while his community members carried out a morcha in Baramati.
The silent march begins on August 9 in which all the Maratha leaders across party lines took out a protest. Last Week, Former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar walked in Pune but his party member Sharad Pawar kept away from the protests.
On Thursday, Ajit Pawar's wife Sunetra and son Partha took a part in the Baramati morcha.
"Pawar is not in the loop right from the beginning of our ptotests in Aurangabad. We don't expect any support from him nor are we going to invite him. We have not invited any Maratha community leader to join us," one of the organizer said.
NCP spokesperson Ankush Kakade said about Sharad Pawar, "Consider his seniority and age. How do you expect him to walk in a march?" "Besides he was not in Baramati on Thursday. He had a scheduled programme in Mumbai which he cancelled and went to Delhi for an urgent meeting," said Kakade.
Pawar said, “I had no communication with organizers of the Maratha marches.”
He added, "In the last 50 years, I have not made any compromise with my ideology and even paid a political price by renaming the Marathwada university after Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and supporting the OBC cause.”
Pawar asserted, "For the last 60 years, Maratha leaders have led governments, but have never discriminated against any other caste. We have ensured that all castes get justice."