When asked about the same at a press conference here on Sunday morning, Pawar said, "This (event) is to make announcement about the Krishi Vasant exhibition, and I am not contesting the Lok Sabha elections."

Pawar broke away from the Congress on the issue of Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin in 1999 to form NCP.
     
On Saturday, during a public interaction with editors of a Marathi newspaper in his hometown Solapur, Shinde had said he would be happy if Pawar became the Prime Minister.
     
"I would be happy if Pawar becomes the PM. He is my political guru. I entered the politics because of him," Shinde said.

Shinde’s remarks came ahead of Congress’ crucial session on January 17 where party vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to be named the prime ministerial candidate.

JPN/Agencies

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