New Delhi, Feb 7: Congress believes that the party will be able to stall Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s bid for a second term as it is likely to make substantial gains in states like Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The party’s calculations point seems to be a clear view that its president Rahul Gandhi will lead the opposition charge and be a contender for the PM’s post. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Voting Underway In 2nd Phase of DDC Polls Amid Tight Security

According to a report in The Times of India, a top party leader has claimed that the Congress, at the expense of BJP, could pick up 60-odd seats and this would complicate Modi’s bid to retain the Prime Ministership. He further added that next Lok Sabha elections will either see a government led by the Congress or by the BJP sans Modi as the PM. Also Read - GHMC Elections 2020 LIVE Updates: 18.2% Voter Turnout Recorded Till Noon; Repolls in 69 Stations

The leader, in an informal conversation with TOI, said that it is likely that the BJP and Modi might be restricted to a tally of 220 seats which is considerably less than the 282 won by the saffron outfit in 2014. Also Read - COVID-19: BJP MLA Kiran Maheshwari Passes Away, PM Modi Condoles Demise

Notably, the results of the recently held bypolls on two Lok Sabha seats and one Assembly seat in Rajasthan would encourage the Congress to do better in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The reason behind the win, the leader said, is that the main opposition is now looking like a cohesive unit. The BJP had lost both Lok Sabha seats, Ajmer and Alwar, and Mandalgarh Assembly seat to the Indian National Congress.

On the other hand, the Congress is focusing on to continue the momentum with the competition the party had given to the BJP in Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017. The party had raised issues such as lack of jobs and farm distress to put the BJP on the defensive in the Gujarat election.