Sharad Pawar Chief of NCP, has ruled out the possibility of contesting the Lok Sabha elections and is all set to take the Rajya Sabha route.
“I have decided to stop. This will enable me to devote maximum time to party work. I am not averse to being in the Rajya Sabha. Biennial elections to the Upper House of Parliament will be held in March,” the 73 year old Union Agriculture minister told the NCP workers.
“I have been contesting and winning elections for 47 years. But now people want new faces and NCP will promote youth and women,” Pawar said while addressing to the reporters.
The setting up of Lokpal Bill to check corruption in high places was given Presidential assent on Wednesday. On December 18, the Parliament passed the bill in the legislation with quite disruptions.
The assent to the Lokpal Bill is President’s first action in the new year. Their will be forming of multi-member anti-corruption ombudsman with the power to supervise CBI investigations into specific cases. The bill will look into the specific complaints and its ambit covers Prime Minister, Ministers and Senior Public Servants.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of Karnataka will induct D K Shiva Kumar and R Roshan Baig into his ministry. When congress had formed government in May the MLAs were denied berths on various grounds.
The idea of cabinet expansion is to strenghten CM’s ministry ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. This has created a difference of opinion in the Congress. Shiva Kumar who is going to be inducted faces cases of illegal mining, and this has created unhappiness.
The CM kept postponing the expansion. But pressure from the party and the aspirants was intense. On Tuesday, he was told to induct Shiva Kumar and Baig.