New Delhi: In surprising revelation months before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday said that the party will not project its president Rahul Gandhi or any other leader as the prime ministerial candidate.Also Read - Rajasthan Makes Misbehaviour With Toursits Cognizable Offence, Non-Bailable One For Repeated Offenders
In an interview to News 18, Chidambaram also admitted that the regional parties have grown considerably in the last two decades and have affected the vote share of both the BJP and the Congress. Also Read - 'Congress to Contest UP Assembly Election Solo Under Priyanka Gandhi's Leadership'
The former Finance minister also accused the BJP government at the Centre of adopting “threatening politics” to keep regional parties from joining hands with the Congress. Also Read - Karnataka: Was Offered Money to Join BJP in 2019, Claims Former Minister Shrimant Patil
“The situation would change once the government is reduced to a caretaker one and we form a formidable alliance at the state level,” Chidambaram was quoted by News 18 as saying.
The statement comes at a time when the Congress has been making attempts to stitch a grand alliance (mahagathbandhan) with anti-BJP opposition parties in its bid to dethrone the NDA government at the Centre.
However, in a major setback, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati recently announced that her party will not form an alliance with the Congress for the upcoming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, blaming the Grand Old Party’s “arrogant” attitude and calling its senior leader Digvijaya Singh a “BJP agent”.
Also, Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said that it is difficult for the 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.