New Delhi, March 9: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi sounded confident of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s ‘ache din’ coming to an end with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. After a remarkable performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has formed government in 21 states while the Congress has been reduced to four. But Sonia now sees a turn in the political landscape with the next general elections.
“I am confident that BJP’s ache din campaign will go the Shining India route that brought us to power in 2004,” Sonia said at the India Today conclave. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance formed the government at the Centre and governed the country for a decade. (Also read: Sonia Gandhi’s Direct Attack on Modi Govt: Our Country, Society Under Systematic Assault)
“We are going to come back. We are not going to let them (BJP) come back to power,” Sonia said.
Even though Sonia has retired from the Congress president post, she is still active in politics and would contest the Lok Sabha elections if the party asks her to. “I am a Congress woman now. I am willing to contest 2019 polls.”
She also elaborated a few reasons behind Congress’s dismal performance in the general elections and said corrective measures need to be taken. “We need to find a new style of connecting with people. We need to project our programs and policies aggressively, the way BJP did. But we must admit that corruption was there but it was highly exaggerated — like 2G scam,” Sonia said at the India Today Conclave.
When asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said, “I do not know him. I would not dare to advice him. He is the prime minister of the country.”
Sonia led Congress for two decades before vacating the post. She led the party to power in 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections.