Shinde called the Maratha strongman as his 'political guru' | PTI/File
In remarks that could raise the hackles of many in Congress, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Saturday said he would be happy to see NCP chief Sharad Pawar become the prime minister, describing the Maratha strongman as his "political guru".
"I would be happy if Pawar becomes the PM. He is my political guru. I entered politics because of him," Shinde said in an interaction with editors of a Marathi newspaper here.
"Everyone has ambition. He has been trying since 1992," he said.
"There is no reason for (having) two views on this. I have said this many times, even on national platform," Shinde said.
Pawar has been trying to become PM since 1992, but was a "victim of Delhi politics" he said.
Pawar, who broke away from Congress on the issue of Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin in 1999 to form NCP, has made it clear that he would not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and instead intends to take the Rajya Sabha route to Parliament.