2019 Lok Sabha Election HIGHLIGHTS: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday said although Modi hates his family, he will repay him with love. Calling the Lok Sabha polls a “kabaddi match”, Gandhi, who was in Himachal Pradesh’s Una for an election rally, said that the Congress had “caught” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the kabaddi match, and that it was “game over” for the prime minister.
Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah showed confidence in winning the 2019 Lok Sabha elections saying that his party will better its 2014 tally of 282 seats in this Lok Sabha polls. “BJP will win more than 55 new seats. The party will get over 23 seats in West Bengal, 13-15 seats in Odisha,” Shah told PTI while calling for support of more regional parties. “More regional parties are welcome to join NDA after polls if they wish so,” he said.
Also, day after Sam Pitroda made the ‘Hua so hua’ remark regarding 1984 Sikh riots, inviting criticism from BJP, Congress distanced itself from the statement mentioning that “the opinion is not of the Congress party”. In a press statement issued by the party on Friday, Congress said, “Violence and riots are unacceptable and unpardonable in our society. Indian National Congress and its leadership have strived to ensure justice for 1984 riot victims. We continue to support the quest for justice and stern punishment for those found guilty in 1984 riots as also the subsequent acts of violence including the 2002 Gujarat riots. Any opinion remark made by any individual to the contrary including Shri Sam Pitroda is not the opinion of the Congress party. We advise all leaders to be careful and sensitive.”