Barring the Shiv Sena, which refused to participate in the no-confidence motion debate, the other NDA allies batted in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan underlining that there is no vacancy for the Prime Minister’s post in 2019.

The Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) chief noted that the Modi government had electrified 18,000 villages before the deadline.

Mr. Paswan also insisted that the Prime Minister never said that a Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya. “He has said that we should wait for the court’s judgment,” the LJP leader pointed out.

Advising Congress president Rahul Gandhi to work hard and introspect on why the Congress is only ruling in three States, Mr. Paswan said, “There is no vacancy for the Prime Minister’s post in 2019 so he (Rahul) should target for 2024.”

Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel, who is expecting a bigger chunk of pie in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, said Mr. Modi had taken steps to elevate the image of India in the global arena.

The Minister of State for Health said the government had taken every step to fulfil its promises.

Ms. Patel highlighted the government’s flagship pro-poor schemes. “We have given 14,000 drugs to poor people for free. The stent prices have been reduced. We have opened generic medical stores. The initiatives of the Health Ministry has helped the poor, she said.

Taking a swipe at the Congress, the Akali Dal said the TDP should not believe it.

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