Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress won’t even get 50 seats: PM Modi

Maintaining that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would return to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday claimed that the Congress won’t get even 50 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

“Dont waste your vote. Better to vote for a party that is coming to power and you can strengthen it with your vote,” Modi said addressing an election rally in Mumbai. He cited a survey report to support his claim. “The only question now is if the BJP will better its own 2014 tally.”

Modi also said he would ensure that the country’s citizens feel safe and there is no feeling of insecurity and “helplessness” among them.

“Mumbai never stops, be it 26/11 attacks or any terrorist attacks but they had to live with a feeling of helplessness. But now they have to come to know that Modi will reply them [terrorists] in their language. We will enter into their houses and kill them,” Modi said making an indirect reference to the Balakot air strike.

He was accompanied by allies Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Republican Party of India chief and union minister Ramdas Athawale along with senior leaders of the party.

The PM also urged the middle-class of India to vote for BJP, saying they will have to suffer with high taxes, inflation and corruption if they vote for Congress.

“Whenever Congress has come to power, they made the middle-class to suffer inflation, corruption and taxes. In contrast, our (BJP) policy is totally different. There was no corruption in the last five years. After electing me in 2014, I have brought corrupt leaders to the doors of jail. Elect me in 2019, will kick them inside jails,” Modi said without naming any politician.

Modi also attacked the Congress for neglecting the police force and turning it into a “punching bag” while the party was in power.

His criticism came in the backdrop of a raging controversy over BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s remarks about 26/11 Mumbai terror attack martyr police officer Hemant Karkare.

Had it not been for the alertness of Mumbai Police, who have paid a heavy price including martyrdom, the city would have paid a heavier price due to terror activities, he said.

“The Congress attitude has been to change chief ministers and home ministers following terror attacks; we have changed that culture,” Modi said.

In a separate election rally in at Sangamner in Ahmednagar district, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed the Modi government’s policies. He claimed Modi government could not fulfil its promises given before last Lok Sabha election and in last five years. He said it was time for the voters to support the fight for the ideology.

He appealed to voters to “choose between the unfulfilled promises of jobs and financial assistance by the Narendra Modi government and the assurance by his party in its election manifesto”.

(With agency inputs)

First Published:
Apr 26, 2019 23:14 IST

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