"NCP has not demanded (to Congress) that Chavan be replaced," Pawar told reporters.
    
His comments came on a day when Chavan said he was not aware of any decision by the Congress high command to replace him after the party's dismal performance in the Lok Sabha election.
    
"It is the prerogative of Congress to change their leader (Chavan). They will consult us when they take the decision. I won't deny that the issue was discussed," Pawar said.
    
"The Congress leadership wants me to lead the joint campaign of the two parties for the Assembly elections," Pawar said.
    
Pawar, former Maharashtra chief minister said he had held meetings with Congress leaders AK Antony and Ahmed Patel recently to discuss preparations for the Assembly elections.
    
Asked to comment on reports that former Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde may replace Chavan as chief minister, Pawar said, "There is no cause for us to oppose if Shinde comes (as CM). However, we have not demanded that the CM be replaced."
    
Pawar said he did not foresee any problems when Congress and NCP leaders discuss seat-sharing for the Assembly polls. The alliance government, into its third term, faces elections in October.

(Agencies)

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