Thane, Oct 28: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Friday said that 50 per cent credit for Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s win in 2014 Lok Sabha elections goes to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Thackeray added that Gandhi mocking the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Modi didn’t go well with the voters. Thackeray, however, said that the current trend and reports could go against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017.

“50 per cent credit for Narendra Modi’s victory in the 2014 general elections goes to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The way he mocked Modi during the campaign, helped the latter win the polls,” Thackeray told reporters at Kalyan on Friday. 15 per cent of the rest was due to social media campaigns, around 10-20 per cent of the remaining would go to the BJP workers and also the RSS. The remaining would go to Modi’s personal charisma, he said.

The MNS chief’s comments came after Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that Rahul Gandhi should no longer be called a ‘pappu’ as he now is capable to lead India. “Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is capable of leading the country. It is wrong to call him ‘Pappu’,” Raut had said.

On Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017, Thackeray said, “The recent trends as well as reports indicate that the ruling party is likely to lose the elections,” adding, “Some visuals of Modi’s public meetings are doing the round, which show that people are leaving the venue in groups during his address, which had never happened in the past. Even from this, one gets a message.”

If the BJP gets more than 150 seats, it would be a miracle by the electronic voting machines (EVMs), Thackeray said. The 182-member Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 would be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The results of the assembly elections would be declared on December 18.

On the delay in announcement of Gujarat Assembly election dates, Thackeray blamed the Election Commission saying it had “inordinately” delayed the announcement due to a lot of pressure. “The Election Commission and other statutory bodies should work independently. But it does not happen here,” he said, PTI reported.