Mumbai: Amid growing clamour in the BJP for Narendra Modi to spearhead the party's challenge in the next Lok Sabha elections, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday likened the Gujarat strongman to an "inflated balloon" that would "burst" soon.

"In my political career spanning 40-50 years I have found that more a balloon is inflated the sooner it bursts," he said.

Pawar, also Union Agriculture Minister, was asked to comment on the buzz in the BJP over Modi becoming chairman of its campaign committee for the general elections that would firmly pitch him as party's prime ministerial candidate.

"I am not going to contest elections but I am not retiring from politics," he said.


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