The senior political leader Hon. Sharadchandraji Pawar, who currently serves as a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, established the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on 10th June 1999. At the time of its formation, the political situation in Delhi was alarming and adverse. Still Pawar Saheb believed in his vision and his people. The political ideology of this new party was considered as the inspiration of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Pawar Saheb underlined his progressive political and social consciousness by following the path laid down by Mahatma Jotiba Phule, Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj, Mahamanav Dr. BabaSaheb Ambedkar for the common good. NCP has always maintained this progressive and people-based ideology.

Respect for the Constitution, protection of democratic values, commitment to social justice for the neglected and deprived masses, socialization of the interests of the poor peasants and workers, women empowerment and child welfare remained the core of the NCP's ideology.

NCP has continued its vow to work for the welfare of the people and to achieve the objective of a Sujalam Sufalam Maharashtra. It has been instrumental in establishing the identity of a progressive, inclusive and cultured Maharashtra. The party has continued to work on an agenda based on seven prime sectors: industry, agriculture, education, health, environment, social justice and planned urbanization