Smallest disturbance can drop govt, says Rahul

The Congress leader stated that the ruling coalition “will struggle because what worked for Narendra Modi in 2014 and 2019 is not working”…reports Asian Lite News

Stating that the numbers in the Lok Sabha were “very fragile” post the 2024 general elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the “smallest disturbance can drop the government”.

Speaking to Financial Times, Rahul added, “Basically, one ally has to turn the other way”. Without specifying any names, Rahul claimed that people from the NDA are “in touch with us”, and that there was “great discontent” within the Modi camp.

The Congress leader stated that the ruling coalition “will struggle because what worked for Narendra Modi in 2014 and 2019 is not working”.

Reflecting on INDIA bloc’s gains in the Lok Sabha election, Gandhi said a “tectonic shift has taken place in Indian politics”. “The idea of Modi and the image of Modi has been destroyed,” he said.

In these Lok Sabha elections, the INDIA bloc gave a power fight to the ruling NDA coalition, securing 233 seats, with Congress massively improving its tally to 99. The NDA, meanwhile, came back to power with a reduced majority, winning 293 seats. The BJP failed to secure a majority on its own with 240 seats.

“The idea that you can spread hatred, you can spread anger and you can reap benefits of that – the Indian people have rejected it in this election,” he said.

“The party that spent the last 10 years talking about Ayodhya has been wiped out in Ayodhya… Essentially what has happened is that the basic architecture of BJP — the idea of creating religious hatred — that has collapsed,” Rahul said.

The BJP’s Lallu Singh was defeated in Faizabad — the seat of the Ram Temple — by the Samajwadi Party’s Dalit candidate Awadhesh Prasad by 54,567 votes.

Rahul also alluded the alliance’s gains in the polls to the two Bharat Jodo Yatras held across the length and breadth of the country. “The judicial system, the media, the institutional framework – all were shut (for the opposition), and so we decided we have to literally, physically go do it.” He added, “A lot of the ideas that succeeded in this election came from that walk – and they came not from us but from the people of India.”

“We fought with our hands tied behind our back…and Indian people, poor people, knew exactly what they had to do,” he said.

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