New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mocked the ‘Mahagathbandhan’s’ inability to decide the prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Taking a dig at Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s mega ‘United India’ rally which was held on January 19 at Brigade Parade Ground, the saffron party’s senior leader Sidharth Nath Singh suggested names of several leaders for each day of the week for which one could take up the role of prime minister.
Stating that since the Opposition is in two minds and is unable to project a leader’s face for the Lok Sabha polls, Singh said that they would be more than obliged to help them. Singh further explained that West Bengal Chief Minister may become the PM for Monday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati may don the PM’s role on Tuesday, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav may do it on Wednesday, Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday, Arvind Kejriwal on Friday and since Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be off days, Congress President Rahul Gandhi may take up the job for these two days.
The Uttar Pradesh minister added that the 2019 parliamentary election would be a fight between the 56-inch chest and the ‘khichdi’ coalition of opposition parties. He said the ‘khichdi’ alliance was of “selfishness and corruption”.
“Prime Minister Modi strikes extreme fear in his opponents who are forming ‘khichdi’ alliance to challenge him, but the BJP will crush all alliances,” Singh said.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took potshots at ‘Mahagathbandhan'(grand alliance), mulled by Opposition parties and said: “they’ve ‘dhanshakti‘, we’ve ‘janshakti.” PM Modi said that the Opposition had already started making excuses for their defeat in the forthcoming general elections. “EVM is being made the villain. It’s natural that every political party wants to win the polls, but it’s worrisome when some parties take the public for granted. They consider public stupid and so keep changing colours,” said the Prime Minister, while interacting with BJP’s booth-level workers from South Goa parliamentary constituency through teleconferencing.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also took a dig at the Opposition’s mega ‘United India’ rally and had said there was no alternative to PM Modi and that there would be anarchy in his absence. Javadekar had said, “It was evident that all these parties want to drive out Modi, but who is the alternative? They cannot present an alternative, so the condition in the country is like if there is no Modi, there will be anarchy.”
BJP’s ire comes after Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Modi Government’s expiry date is over’ remark. The West Bengal CM on Saturday had launched a scathing attack on the BJP and said that the Modi-led government’s expiry date is over. Addressing the ‘United India’ rally organised in Kolkata, Banerjee had said, “A new government will be formed at the Centre. It is inevitable. Their expiry date has come. This is people’s verdict.”
She had also warned the saffron party of spreading any riots in the state in the name of Rath Yatra.
Earlier, Dravida Munnetra Kazgham (DMK) chief MK Stalin had made a scathing attack at PM Modi and claimed that the latter is afraid of ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance). “Wherever PM Modi is going he is fiercely attacking the Opposition, Modi is fearful of Opposition and that is why he is also cursing us, he is afraid of our unity, we must come together to safeguard India,” said Stalin, while addressing a gathering at ‘United India Rally’ in Kolkata.
Furthermore, he had said that Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be the second freedom struggle of the country.