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The Indian Herald

January 22, 2009

'Sharad Pawar a contender for Prime Minister's post'

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar may stake his claim for the top post after the Lok Sabha elections in case of a hung parliament.

The party today said that Pawar was in the race for the post of PM. In case of a fractured mandate, NCP would play an important role in formation of the next government at the centre, said the party general secretary DP Tripathi.

He said that NCP would like to contest more seats and field its candidates from as many as 50 constituencies. In a veiled warning to the Congress, Tripathi said that the NCP should not be taken for granted.

He further said that in case the NCP doesn't get adequate number of seats to contest, it will hold talks with other secular parties and field its candidates in Maharashtra and outside the state. NCP is an ally of Congress and the coalition is in power in Maharashtra.

TIH Bureau

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