New Delhi:  Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday declared that he would not be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 from the Madha constituency.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Pawar said that he has already contested 14 times and would now like to make way for other family members to foray into politics.

The two family members that he spoke of refers to his daughter Supriya Sule and grandson Parth Pawar, who are contesting the polls this time. His daughter Supriya Sula is a MP from Baramati.

Reportedly, Parth Pawar, son of former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar’s grandson will contest the Lok Sabha elections as an NCP candidate from the Maval constituency.  The Maval constituency is currently held by Shiv Sena’s Shrirang Barne.

Sharad Pawar was expected to contest elections this year as he had skipped the 2014 General elections as well. The NCP supremo also said that his party will announce the candidates for the polls soon.

Maharashtra sends 48 MPs to the Lok Sabha, the second highest after Uttar Pradesh which has 80 seats and it will go to polls in four phases- on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. The counting for the votes will take place on May 23. In a seat sharing pre-poll pact with Congress, the Sharad Pawar-led NCP will contest on 22 seats out of 48 in Maharashtra.

In 2014 elections, the Congress-NCP combine had won just six seats .

A by-election for the Katol assembly constituency in Nagpur district will be held along with the Lok Sabha polls this April-May. The bypoll became necessary following BJP MLA Ashish Deshmukh’s resignation in October last year.