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Ajit Pawar has earned a lot of respect among the common man
As an assertive and ambitious politician, Mr Ajit Pawar has earned a lot of respect among the common man. Social networking sites such as Facebook have several pages for him. Even the website of NCP refers to him as 'Dada' or 'big brother'.
By: Crystal Logic
Mr. Pawar has served as the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra. He is the nephew of Mr. Sharad Pawar, the chief of National Congress Party. Born in 1959 in Deolali, Ahmednagar district, Mr. Pawar had to leave formal education due to untimely death of his father. If he would have followed the footsteps of his father, he would have ended up in the Hindi film industry instead of politics because his father, Mr. Anantrao Pawar had initially worked with V. Shantaram, a renowned film maker's studio "Rajkamal". His grandfather Mr. Govindrao Pawar was employed with the Baramati Co-operative trading.
Leaving college didn't deter him from pursuing his dreams. He moved to Mumbai for further education because by that time his uncle Mr. Sharad Pawar had become a rising political figure in the Congress Party.
It was in 1982, that Ajit Pawar entered politics. He was elected to a board of a co-operative sugar factor and then in 1991, he was also elected as the Chairman of the Pune District Co-operative Bank (PDC). Ajit Pawar worked on this position for 16 years and during this period, he was also elected as Member of parliament, Lok Sabha from Baramati. It was during this time that Sharad Pawar had become the defence minister in P.V Narasimha Rao's government and Ajit Pawar had to vacate the Lok Sabha seat in favour of his uncle.
Thereafter, Mr. Ajit Pawar was elected as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Baramati and later he was re-elected from the same constituency in 1995, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. Between June 1991 and November 1992, he was the minister of state for Agriculture and Power during the Sudhakarrao Naik's government. For the period of November 1992 to February 1993, he was the minister for state for Soil Conservation, Power and Planning. This was when Sharad Pawar returned to the state and became the chief minister.
Mr Ajit Pawar was promoted to the position of Cabinet Minister in 1999 when the INC (Indian National Congress) and NCP collation came into power. He was firstly into the Irrigation Department during Vilasrao Deshmukh's government and then he also took up the charge of the Rural Development Department (between 2003 December and 2004 October) in Sushil Kumar Shinde's government. Mr. Pawar retained the ministry of Water Resources when the congress-NCP combination returned to power in 2004. He was also the Guardian Minister for Pune district in 2004 and stayed on the same post till 2014 until the NCP- Congress coalition lost power. At the age of 40, Mr. Pawar became the youngest Cabinet Minister in the Vilasrao Deshmukh government.
He has been considered as the common man's superhero. He has been in the news for various good reasons. For instance, Mr. Pawar was in the news for noticing a car filled with five injured passengers on the highway near Nagpur. Reportedly, the passengers were trapped inside the vehicle after their car had crashed into a stationary truck. As soon as he spotted the car, he rushed the passengers to the nearby hospital and saved their lives. He has been playing the role of a good samaritan and has always been in the news for his association with good causes.
In another incident, he had spotted a road accident victim on the Mahabaleshwar-
But by helping these victims, Mr Ajit Pawar set a wonderful example for the common man who is understandably wary of offering help to victims in such conditions. Unfortunately, India has the highest incidence of death following accidents due to delay in taking the injured to the hospital. According to researches, India is on top of the list of resulting death with regard to road accidents. In order to encourage passerby to help accident victims and take them to hospitals, the Supreme Court has enacted a Good Samaritan law. Under this law, the experience in hospitals have been made free of legal and procedural hassles.
Mr Ajit Pawar came across as a real saviour to the accident victims and his genuine concern and keen eyesight to spot the injured passengers is certainly applause worthy. In a similar incident, his uncle and Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar also extended help to four victims who met with an accident in Bhiwapur. He was on his way to Gadchiroli when he spotted the victims. These incidents go on to show that the humanitarian spirit runs in the Pawar family.
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