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Sharad Pawar not in the running for PM’s post, says Tariq Anwar

A day after union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that he would be happy to see NCP chief Sharad Pawar become the prime minister, the NCP on Sunday denied that he was in the race for the PM’s post.

‘Pawar is not running for the prime minister’s post,’ NCP general secretary and union minister of state for agriculture and food processing Tariq Anwar told reporters here in reply to a question.

‘At the same time, the NCP chief has all the credentials required for the PM’s post and his experience in public life is second to none among all political leaders in the country,’ he said.

Anwar, a close aide of Pawar, said ‘It is the number game that decides who becomes the Prime Minister and in the NCP chief’s case, he does not have the numbers with him.’ 

If Pawar had got the numbers in terms of MPs, he would have definitely become the Prime Minister, he said.

On Shinde’s praise for Pawar whom he had described as his ‘political guru’, Anwar said that the Union Home Minister’s remarks were made in his personal capacity.

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