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NCP gets food, agri, civil aviation

May 22, 2004 12:35 IST

The Nationalist Congress Party on Saturday said it will get four ministerial berths, including food and agriculture for its chief Sharad Pawar and civil aviation for its spokesman Praful Patel, in the new Congress-led government.

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"We have been intimated by the Congress yesterday that I'll take minister of state with independent charge of civil
aviation. However, we have not got any official communication on portfolios," NCP spokesman Praful Patel told reporters.

He said Pawar has willingly accepted the portfolios of food and agriculture. "The NCP is happy...we are willing to accept the portfolios."

He said party colleague, Suryakanta Patil, will also get a ministerial berth.

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