New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be public versus gathbandhan. He expressed confidence that the people will again repose faith in the BJP considering the work done by his government over the last four and a half years.
Talking to news agency ANI, he said, “It is going to be ‘Janta’ versus ‘gathbandhan’. Modi is just a manifestation of public love and blessings.”
Dismissing claims by some political pundits that the BJP might not get more than 180 out of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi said that there were a similar “set of persons” who echoed a similar narrative even in 2014.
“I believe, this election is going to be a contest between those who fulfill and take forward the aspirations of the people and those who stop these aspirations. There is the experience of 70 years. The public is the decider,” the Prime Minister said when asked if the 2019 elections were heading towards a US Presidential style of elections between Modi VS Rahul.
Attacking the anti-BJP parties who are trying to firm up an alliance, he said there is no unity among them in any way, nor any joint articulation about what they would do for the country.
To press his point, he said if media reports of last five years are analysed, there is nothing concrete that the ‘gathbandhan’ has said or done unitedly.
“They still speak in different voices. Who are these people? They are looking for each other’s support to save themselves… They hold each other’s hand so that they are saved. That is the game,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister noted that the BJP, despite getting full majority in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, took every ally along, adhering to the coalition dharma.
“Even today when we run the government, there is a consensus in decision-making,” he said.
“It is true that states have their own level of politics. Our allies wish to grow and we too want them to grow. We do not want that we should grow at the cost of allies,” Modi added.