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No vacancy for Prime Minister's job till 2024, says Paswan

NEW DELHI: Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, a key ally of the BJP in the ruling NDA combine, on Thursday rebuffed another NDA constituent Shiv Sena by asserting that there was no vacancy for prime ministership till 2024 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership had been liked and recognised by the people across the country.  

Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thakeray had criticised the BJP for reportedly being in a hurry to impose the leadership of Mr Modi and said Mr Paswan had prevailed upon other NDA partners in endorsing a resolution passed at an NDA meeting last month in New Delhi declaring that next Lok Sabha elections slated for 2019 would be fought under the leadership of the Prime Minister Modi.

''Why has Mr Thakeray awaken after a month? How could I force any leader to endorse the resolution. They were not children. All of us are certain that till 2024, there is going to be no vacancy for prime ministership,'' he said at a Meet the Press programme, organised by the Press Club of India, here.  

Mr Paswan, who heads the Lok Janshakti Party, was replying to questions about the Shiv Sena leader’s statement.  

The Union Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs said the Modi government had since assuming power dealt a hard blow to corruption, brought in transparency and increased accountability.

People have benefitted immensely from the various decisions of the Modi government, especially from note ban that had given the poor a satisfaction of being vindicated as against the trouble it caused to those who made money by dishonest means, he said.

''The results of the recent polls in the UP Assembly and the Delhi Municipal Corporation reflect people’s endorsement of the policies of the Modi government,’’ Mr. Paswan said. 

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