A day after he hosted opposition leaders at his house in Delhi, leaders of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday unanimously insisted that party president Sharad Pawar contest the Lok Sabha elections from Madha. Mr. Pawar has earlier represented the seat in 2009. “We all have asked Sharad Pawarji to contest from Madha Lok Sabha seat. We have not only requested, but insisted that he listen to us. We are sure that he will accept our demand. We are not making any official announcement as of now, but will do so soon, when he asks us to,” said former Union minister and senior NCP leader Praful Patel after the party’s meeting to finalise candidates. Madha is held by NCP’s Vijaysingh Mohite-Patil. According to party insiders, Mr. Pawar, known for his cordial relations across parties, could turn out be the ‘gathering point’ for all in case no party reaches the majority mark. The party is thinking that his entry to Parliament in 2019 should be through Lok Sabha ensuring his absolute control over the proceedings in a post-poll scenario. Mr Patel said Mr. Pawar received feedback on his candidature from all party leaders at the meeting that he should contest the Lok Sabha polls. “This is not going to be an ordinary poll. The number does count and in addition his candidature from Madha will surely impact neighbouring Lok Sabha constituencies as well,” said party spokesperson Nawab Malik. Former deputy Chief Minister and Mr Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar said that while he has not announced his decision yet, he is sure that NCP chief will be contesting the Lok Sabha poll. “He said that he respects the opinion of all of us, but final decision is yet to be taken,” said Mr Pawar. Mr. Pawar’s possible candidature from Madha raises the allegation of dynastic politics against the NCP. His daughter Supriya Sule currently represents Baramati Lok Sabha seat and will be the candidate for 2019 polls as well. Ajit Pawar’s son Parth Pawar is said to be interested in contesting from Maval seat. Ajit Pawar represents Baramati assembly constituency, while Rohit Pawar — one of the grandsons of Sharad Pawar — is also said to be interested in contesting the 2019 assembly polls. Meanwhile, NCP leaders in their meeting on Thursday cleared the alliance with Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The development takes place after Ajit Pawar’s meeting with him on Wednesday. “I informed the party about our meeting. We are positive about taking MNS along and have agreed for it. We will be talking to Congress over the matter and soon a decision would be reached,” he said.