New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Anurag Thakur attacked Congress chief saying that Rahul Gandhi’s politics is all about lying on every issue. Addressing the reporters, he said, “The upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be a battle between ‘politics of development’ and ‘politics of lies’.”
Thakur said that the time and again Congress lies have been exposed. “The recent example is misleading the people by spreading lies and misinformation on the Rafale fighter jet deal, but their lies were ultimately exposed by the Supreme Court,” he added.
Replying to a question on the loss of the BJP in the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh assembly polls, Thakur said there was nothing to indicate that anti-incumbency was a factor behind his party’s loss in these states.
“When the Congress lost the (assembly) polls in Madhya Pradesh in 2003, they were restricted to 23 seats, in Rajasthan they got 27 seats last time whereas BJP (despite losing the 2018 assembly polls in these states) won 75 seats in Rajasthan and 109 seats in MP. Had anti-incumbency been there, we would have been wiped out, he said.
The Congress’s “false propaganda” in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh on farmers’ issue had failed to work. “There, we won seven out of the eight seats, the BJP MP said.
“The truth remains that in Madhya Pradesh our vote share was more, but we lost six seats within a margin of 3,600 votes. In Rajasthan, we lost by mere half per cent vote share, he said.
BJP suffered a major electoral setback in the recently held assembly elections. Congress grabbed Hindi heartland states—Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The recent assembly elections are expected set to the tone of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Lashing out at the proposed mega-coalition or ‘mahagathbandhan’ of opposition parties to take on the BJP in the 2019 polls, he termed the proposed alliance “unholy”.
(With PTI inputs)