Rahul said, “Narendra Modi ji gives tall speeches, (saying that he) wants to change the country, (and that) nothing happened in 70 years... Narendra Modi came and he began work in India. This is their mentality, their thinking.”
According to sources in the AAP privy to the talks, the biggest sticking point for the party, which has a strong presence in Delhi but a limited role elsewhere, is the open hostility with the Congress in the Capital.
The Shiv Sena, which has been insisting that it is the “big brother” and shall remain so in the state, has reportedly agreed to contest 23 Lok Sabha seats, while the BJP will get to contest 25. Both parties have agreed to a 50-50 formula for the Assembly elections with each of them contesting 144 seats, sources said.
BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha accused the TMC government of trying to win over the hill people by spending money. “However, this will not ensure real development. This will only ensure buying of votes,” he said.
Trying to catch up, the Akalis have already started their campaign. Party president Sukhbir Badal has covered 60 of the 117 Assembly segments and is addressing two ‘worker milni (worker meetings)’ every day.
"Farmers will get money in their accounts. We will tell farmers it’s just the beginning and there will be a series of programmes. The state government cannot match it because their assistance should be above Rs 6,000," says Shobha Karandlaje, BJP general secretary, MP from Uduppi Chikmagalur, Karnataka.
BJP MP Narayan Rane announced that he has decided to contest the Lok Sabha poll independently. The announcement came a day after state CM Devendra Fadnavis and Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil held seat-sharing talks with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray