SHARAD PAWAR entered politics in 1967 from the Baramati constituency under the guidance of Yashwantrao Chavan. He became the chief minister of Maharashtra, he made a name for himself in the political field, and it is said that his name was nominated for the Prime Minister's post along with P.V. Narsimha Rao and N.D. TiwarI, however, the Congress elected P.V. Narsimha Rao as the leader.
Stamp Paper Scam – The several billions worth stamp paper scam chief accused Abdul Karim Telgi when taking a lie detecting test, revealed the name of Sharad Pawar as the master mind behind the scam.
Land allotment – In 2007, the Bombay High Court issued notice to all the institutions headed by Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar and Sadanand Sule (Sharad Pawar's son-in-law). The allotment was made under Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar who was a NCP leader and minister. For this case, Sharad Pawar has served a contempt of court in 2008.
Wheat imports scam – as a union minister of agriculture, Sharad Pawar cancelled the tender of Food Corporation of India for procuring the wheat. He then made the private dealers to purchase the wheat directly from the farmers and the dealers dumped the stock to create a false price rate. And when no wheat was available in the market for the common man, private dealers sold the wheat to the Food Corporation of India for Rs 1300 to 1400 per ton, whose original cost was Rs 900 per ton.
All these issues made Sharad Pawar unpopular, and his controversial connections have tainted his image and reputation. The people of Maharashtra have almost forgotten his achievements as a progressive leader, and his massive victory margins in elections.