March 8, 2009 3:59:44 am
Confirming what was almost a foregone conclusion,Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar chose the Baramati Hostel in Pune to announce his new constituency for Lok Sabha elections-Madha in Solapur.
On March 5,The Indian Express had reported how a number of aspirants from the Madha constituency had bowed out after the declaration of Pawars candidature from there.
The NCP supremo told a news conference on Saturday that though he had expressed his desire to enter Parliament through the Rajya Sabha,party workers had insisted that he contest from Madha. R R Patil,Chhagan Bhujbal and Vijaysinh Mohite Patil repeatedly asked me to contest from Madha. In my long career,my party workers have stood by me and now its time to heed to their request, he said.
He also laid to rest speculations about his prime ministerial candidature,by saying that his party will contest only 40-45 seats in the country. There are much bigger parties and you need more strength to become a PM, he said.
He said nobody had contacted him from the third front. There have been no discussions and no leader has contacted me, he said.
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