Patwa made this remark at a meeting at Badi in Raisen district on Wednesday in the presence of Sushma Swaraj.

Patwa had made similar remarks at an election rally at Obaidullahganj in Raisen district.

The Minister represents Bhojpur seat in the Madhya Pradesh assembly and this is part of the Vidisha parliamentary constituency from where Sushma is contesting for the second time.

Introducing Sushma as the next probable Deputy Prime Minister to the voters, Patwa said his remarks were only a reflection of the feelings of BJP workers in the constituency, which has elected biggies like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal had earlier this month at a rally in Amritsar suggested that BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley could be the next Deputy Prime Minister. Jaitley, who is the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, had downplayed the comment.

(Agencies)

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