Apart from Pawar, NCP's second candidate advocate Majid Memon also filed his papers. They were accompanied by Union Minister Praful Patel, senior NCP leader DP Tripathi and state NCP chief Bhaskar Jadhav.
Pawar and Memon replace retiring NCP members YP Trivedi and Janardhan Waghmare.
On his way to the house of elders in the Parliament, 73-year-old Pawar said, "I accept that I have aged. It was a conscious decision."
Taking a dig at Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray's recent statement in Shirur daring Pawar to contest Lok Sabha polls from the seat, only to lose his deposit, Pawar said, "I was also scared to face such powerful people in election fray from a constituency where five out of six assembly segments are held by the NCP."
Pawar, who has won the Lok Sabha elections eight times since he first entered the Parliament in March 1985, founded the NCP in 1999 after breaking away from the Congress.

The veteran leader, who had been mulling to bid adieu to Lok Sabha for long, has earlier served as Defence Minister besides being Chief Minister of Maharashtra thrice.


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