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Paswan mocks Rahul's PM remark, says no vacancy in 2019

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

today mocked Rahul Gandhi's remark that he would become if the emerged as the single largest party in the polls, saying there was no vacancy for the top post as would return to power in 2019.

"How can he (Rahul Gandhi) become in 2019. There is no vacancy. The NDA will return to power with a majority, and will have his second term as prime minister," he told reporters here.

The (LJP) was reacting to Gandhi's statement made at an interaction with the media during the recent campaign for the polls which has drawn snide remarks from those in the NDA, including Modi himself.

"I am sure that in the next general elections, the people of the country will hold the view that has been performing well and the country has gained respect globally under his leadership, and therefore, the NDA will be given another chance," Paswan, the of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, asserted.

"Speaking of the opposition, there seem to be so many aspirants for the PM's post. There is Mamata Banerjee, TDP supremo and Chandrashekhar Rao, who heads the It has also been heard that lobbying is secretly on for (NCP founder) as well," he said.

On the demand for grant of special status to Bihar, raised by Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U), Paswan said, "It has been a demand of the LJP as well. The ruling NDA at the Centre is committed to providing poor states with extra assistance even without special status."

Paswan welcomed the recent move of the government to provide financial aid to civil service aspirants belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

He, however, dismissed the Opposition's charge that the scheme had been floated with an eye on Dalit votes in the next assembly polls in the state.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 00:45 IST