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Will be happy to see Pawar as President: Athawale tells Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Union minister Ramdas Athawale, whose RPI(A) is a constituent of the BJP-led dispensation, today told visiting president that he would be happy if chief becomes the next president, provided he should join the first.

The Social Justice minister today Shah and shared his views on issues like the NDA's nominee for the upcoming presidential poll and the possibility of the mid-term elections in

"I would be happy if chief becomes the president, but he should join the first," Athawale said in a statement.

"I assured Shah that there is no chance of mid-term polls in At this juncture, the would not withdraw its support to the Many MLAs do not want snap polls," he stated.

Shah today began his three-day visit during which he will also meet chief

Last month also Athawale had batted for Pawar as a nominee for the presidential polls.

However, Pawar, a veteran politician from Maharashtra, had said that he would not be contesting the polls.

Earlier, Pawar's name was being discussed by the Opposition camp for the top constitutional post.

The speculation of early polls in resurfaced after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' statement on Wednesday that the is ready to face mid-term elections.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 23:48 IST