Reteriating that 2014 General Assembly polls did not spell an end to the Congress, party spokesperson Sanjay Jha asserted that the party is looking at becoming the largest political party with an absolute majority in 2019 polls.
“Roughly around the key states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Chhattisgarh, at approximately 230 seats in Lok Sabha it has been a virtual bi-polar contest between the Congress and the BJP. So the question is how each and every state plays out going forward,” he said.
Speaking on the sidelines of a book release highlighting the failures of the BJP government in the last two years on Saturday, Jha said the honeymoon period for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government was over and that by provoking communalism in the country the party had failed in developing the nation on social and economic fronts.
On the question if Congress was looking forward for alignment with the Federal front, the Congress leader said that INC was not looking at being the large party of one front (coalition government). “Congress will bounce back in the 2019 polls and win it,” he said. He lauded Rahul Gandhi for doing excellent work for the party and defended his critics pointing that its irrefutable fact that the same party had won in 2009 polls with Rahul Gandhi’s contribution.
In reference to polls in Uttar Pradesh, Jha said that though the state has complex polity added by an attempt by the BJP and Samajwadi party to polarise voters, Congress will contest the state polls with the message of growth of equity and social justice.