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NCP doesn't want CM's post: Pawar

Source: PTI
October 21, 2009 13:47 IST
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Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday steered clear of the statements made by some members of his party, who have demanded that the chief minister's post be shared by the Congress and the NCP on a rotational basis, if the combine comes back to power in Maharashtra.

"Definitely, they (Congress) will have a better number than us. I do not expect that (CM's post)," he told reporters, a day before the counting of votes for the Maharashtra assembly elections.

He was asked whether the NCP would stake claim for the chief minister's post if it won more seats than the Congress.

"We (NCP) are actually contesting from 112 seats while the Congress is contesting from 170 seats. So there will be more seats for the Congress," Pawar said.

The NCP chief expressed confidence that the ruling Congress-NCP alliance will secure a majority in the assembly elections. On the exit polls predicting fewer seats for his party, Pawar said, "I don't believe in exit polls. I believe in actual counting. I will wait for it."

NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal had said on Tuesday that if the ruling combine retained power, the chief minister's post could be shared by the Congress and the NCP, for two-and-a-half years each.

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