New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid Sunday said that it is difficult for the Congress party to come to power on its own in the present situation but the alliances shouldn’t be formed at the cost of containing the party. He further added that the allies should also be ready to make sacrifices and adjustments to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
“All our leaders have made it very clear that an alliance (is needed) to change the country’s government. BJP must go. Whatever it takes to sacrifice, adjust and negotiate to make the alliance a reality, Congress is willing to do But it is only fair that it should be the same attitude of other (opposition) parties,” Khurshid said.
The Congress leader said, “The alliance must not be for containing Congress, the alliance must be for removing BJP and we are willing for anything.” When he was asked if the Congress party would be able to come to power on its own in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, he said, “it is obviously difficult today”.
“If that is the objective (the majority on its own) then we will have to work over a period of five years. Because you cannot work towards an alliance for three years and then suddenly say we will fight to win (on our own). You have to fight for five years. Today we are committed to the alliance and we will do our very best to ensure that the alliance succeeds,” news agency PTI reported him as saying.
He said that the Congress if the only party which gets seats from all over the country while the opposition parties get seats from their respective states. “Now the elasticity in numbers is much greater when you are talking of seats from all over the country and when you are talking of seats only from your state. This is the practical reality with which all the leaders have to deal with an open mind,” he said.
Khurshid’s comments have come in the backdrop of the opposition’s efforts to stitch a grand alliance to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati’s decision to not form an alliance with the Congress party.
With PTI inputs