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Rahul Gandhi will have to wait 10-15 years to become PM:

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

today said that would have to wait for "10 to 15 years" to become the country's

He said that there was, however, nothing wrong in nurturing such an ambition.

"has spoken about his Prime Ministerial ambitions. But I think he will have to wait for 10 to 15 years. There is nothing wrong with having an ambition to become However, it is too early to express such an ambition," said Athawale.

The of State for Social Justice and Empowerment claimed that the under PM Narendra Modi would once again come to power in 2019.

He added that the would win with a clear majority as communities like the Lingayats, OBCs etc were supporting the party.

"The is projecting the as an anti-Dalit party, but people are wise enough to understand what is right," he said.

Earlier in the day, Athawale visited Bhima Koregaon and met the family members of Pooja Sakat, whose house was torched during the violence that occurred there on January 1.

Pooja, who was a witness to the violence, was found dead in a well nearby in April.

"Pooja's family claims she was either murdered or was forced to commit suicide. Nine people have been named in the FIR of which two have been arrested. I have asked police to arrest the rest soon," he said.

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First Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 22:35 IST