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Shinde puts foot in his mouth on Sharad Pawar, later retracts

Solapur:  In remarks that could raise the hackles of many in Congress, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today said he would be happy to see NCP chief Sharad Pawar become the prime minister, describing the
PTI January 11, 2014 17:03 IST
PTI
Solapur:  In remarks that could raise the hackles of many in Congress, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today said he would be happy to see NCP chief Sharad Pawar become the prime minister, describing the Maratha strongman as his “political guru”.

“I would be happy if Pawar becomes the PM. He is my political guru. I entered politics because of him,” Shinde said in an interaction with editors of a Marathi newspaper here.

“Everone has ambition. He has been trying since 1992,” he said.

Shinde's remarks came ahead of Congress' crucial session on January 17, amid reports that party vice-president Rahul Gandhi could be named its Prime Ministerial candidate at the meet.