New Delhi, Mar 24: Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale on Sunday predicted that Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) seat tally may drop in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections, but party will win and form the government.

Commenting on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s Karnataka campaign, Athawale said that there is no comparison between Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “There will be difference in numbers but Modi will continue winning,” he said, reported ANI.

General elections are due to be held in India in April or May 2019 to constitute the seventeenth Lok Sabha. A tough battle is expected between BJP and Congress. The Gujarat poll outcome has instilled the belief in Congress workers that the party would emerge victorious in the 2019 general elections under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership.

Further speaking on Supreme Court judgement on SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the minister said he is not satisfied and his party Republican Party of India (A) – a BJP ally – will file a review petition against ruling.

On March 20, the apex court, in a bid to check misuse of the SC/ST Act, ruled that preliminary enquiry in a case under the Atrocities Act would be done by the DSP to ensure the allegations are not frivolous, and to avoid false implication of an innocent.

The court also held that a government official cannot be prosecuted on mere allegation of committing an offence under the Act without the sanction of the appointing authority.

(With agency inputs)