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There won't be a government without Cong or BJP: Pawar

NCP president Sharad Pawar on Friday said that there is no possibility of a third front coming to power at the Centre in the next Lok Sabha elections.

mumbai Updated: Jun 07, 2013 21:28 IST

NCP president Sharad Pawar on Friday said that there is no possibility of a third front coming to power at the Centre in the next Lok Sabha elections.

"I don't see the possibility of a third front (alliance of non-BJP, non-Congress parties). There will be no government (at the Centre) without the help of either Congress or BJP," he told reporters in Mumbai.

Asked about his prime ministerial ambitions, the 72-year-old Maratha strongman maintained he is a realistic person and has his feet firmly on the ground.

"I can't dream of becoming prime minister by (NCP) contesting 22 Lok Sabha seats and winning about eight or nine," the union minister said.

On the possibility of projecting Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate, he said it was an internal issue of the Congress party.

"The matter has not come up for discussion in UPA co-ordination committee meetings," Pawar said.