Parth Pawar, son of former Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Power and grand nephew to NCP chief Sharad Pawar, is up for a tough fight in Maval, a seat held by Shiv Sena since 2009. NCP has been campaigning in the region heavily to tilt the balance in Pawar’s favour.
Shrirang Barne, the Shiv Sena candidate and incumbent MP from the seat has called Pawar an 'outsider' in his campaign, one who needs to be parceled off to Baramati. In last elections, the runner up on seat was Peasants and Workers Party (PWP), with 3.54 lakh votes, who have allied with NCP this time around. Pawar would be hoping NCP and PWP votes consolidate in his favour.