SK Shinde downplays Pawar's remark

Updated on May 07, 2004 05:18 PM IST

Maharashtra CM downplayed Pawar's assertion that the question of the prime ministerial candidate of Congress-led alliance was open.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Tuesday downplayed NCP chief Sharad Pawar's assertion that the question of the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress-led alliance was open, saying the issue will be discussed after the poll results are declared.

"This is not the right time for discussing such issues and same will be decided in consultation with other partners after the poll results are out," he told reporters here.

Sharad Pawar is our alliance partner in Maharashtra and we have been running the government there without any problems, the Congress leader said.

Shinde said that the Congress-NCP had fought together the 1998 Lok Sabha polls and won 38 seats but both parties suffered setbacks in 1999 when they went into the polls separately.

"Now again we are fighting together and will win the same number of seats as in 1998," he said.

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