Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal feels that he would become chief minister of the state in the next five years.
"Definitely, I feel that I will become the chief minister in the next five years," the senior NCP leader told a Marathi TV channel.
"Who told you it (becoming CM) is so difficult? Two months ago, if somebody would have told you that Ashok Chavan would become the chief minister, would you have believed it?" Bhujbal queried.
"It is natural for someone in politics to aspire for the top post. When I became a corporator, I wanted to become mayor. When I became a legislator, I wanted to become the chief minister," the OBC leader said.
"One's job is to do good work and be in the midst of people. The party will then take a decision," he said.
Asked if he was open to the idea of an 'understanding' with Shiv Sena, where he spent over two decades, to achieve his chief ministerial ambition, Bhujbal tactfully pointed out that his party, the NCP, had a poll pact with Congress.
Bhujbal, however, said Sena chief Bal Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar were the two leaders who shaped his political career.
Bhujbal celebrated his 61st birthday on October 15 with a show of strength at Shivaji Park in Central Mumbai. Top leaders from various parties present had described him as a national leader of OBCs.