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‘No vacancy for PM post,’ declares BJP as Cong, JD-U scramble for top job

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PATNA: Amid mad scramble among the secular parties for country’s top job, the BJP has clarified there is no vacancy for the Prime Minister.

“There is no vacancy for the PM’s post in India,” federal minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media yesterday.

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He said the leaders from the Congress and its allies were day-dreaming of becoming the PM and none could stop them from doing so as well.

The remark came shortly after the state Congress president Ashok Chaudhary said party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi would be prime ministerial candidate of the party in 2019 general elections, in a snub to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

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“The Congress will go to polls under the leadership of Sri Rahul Gandhi,” state Congress president and education minister Ashok Chaudhary told the media on Sunday at a joint press conference of the three coalition partners in the office of the RJD.

Congress with 27 lawmakers in Bihar assembly is a coalition partner of the Nitish Kumar government.

The announced left the JD-U grim-faced, witnesses said, as the party fumbled for explanations.

“The next elections are still very far and any decision relating to the issue will be taken only that time,” remarked state JD-U chief Vashishtha Narayan Singh.

Of late, the JD-U has been constantly trying to project Kumar as the prime ministerial candidate in the next LS polls.

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