Amid speculation that Sharad Pawar is unlikely to take back his resignation as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president, Supriya Sule, his daughter and MP from Baramati, is emerging as the top contender for the post. The successor will lead the party in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in 2024.
Supriya Sule has been active in politics since 2006. She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha for the first time that year and was later elected in 2009 from the Baramati constituency in Maharashtra, which she has been representing in the Lok Sabha ever since.
In his first Lok Sabha election in 2009, Sule defeated BJP’s Kanta Nalwade by a margin of over three lakh votes. during 2014 Narendra Modi Lahar, he defeated Mahadev Jankar, a BJP-backed candidate and former cabinet minister in the Devendra Fadnavis government. He won that election by a margin of 69,000 votes. She has been a part of several parliamentary committees including Corporate Affairs and Standing Committees. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Sule defeated BJP’s Kanchan Kul by a margin of 1.69 lakh votes.
As a people’s representative in Parliament, she has taken up issues that matter to ordinary citizens: women, youth, senior citizens and farmers. His performance has been recognized with the ‘Best Parliamentarian’ award. In 2011, Sule came into national limelight perhaps for the first time when she launched a statewide campaign against female foeticide. The campaign included statewide padyatras and college events. During this campaign, she traveled across Maharashtra, meeting women in rural areas and trying to educate families about the issue.
Following this campaign, Sule formed a wing in 2012 for young girls with ambitions to enter politics. It was named Nationalist Youth Congress. Under this wing, Sule started a program to educate women and girls on several issues including female foeticide, dowry system and women empowerment.
Other top party leaders do not seem to have expressed any desire for Supriya to oppose her elevation. At 11 am on Friday, the 18-member committee will hold its first meeting at the NCP office to discuss the issue of Pawar’s resignation and decide who will be his successor, if he is not ready to take it back.