Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Congress should drop Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate, says Guj BJP chief

Congress should drop Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate, says Guj BJP chief

As it became clear within two-and-half hours" counting that Karnataka has rejected the Congress, effectively limiting it to two states and a Union territory, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh promptly declared the party missing and announced a "search operation'. The BJP meant to use the state as...

"2019 is going to be BJP versus nobody, Modi versus nobody", said his party colleague Seshadri Chari.

Supporting Rahul, BJP's disgruntled leader and Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday had said the Congress president, who has "matured in the past few years", was popular with the public and asked, "What was wrong if the leader heading the biggest, oldest national party saw a possibility of becoming the next prime minister". The Congress offered support to the third-placed JD (S) to form the government to keep the BJP out of power.

"That could embolden the government to pursue reforms in future, including loosening foreign direct investment restrictions and moves towards privatization".

Taking a dig at the Congress, Khattar said: "The Congress should now change its name to Punjab-Puducherry-Parivar Party because it has been shrunk to only 2.5 per cent of the population".

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was yet again brutally trolled over the crushing Karnataka defeat.

The state of 60 million people, which includes the wealthy technology hub of Bangalore, is seen as a bellwether for next year's elections at which Narendra Modi will seek another term as prime minister. Out of 224-Karnataka Assembly seats, 222 went to the polls.

Khattar has returned from a nine-day tour of Israel and UK.

"Meetings and discussions were held with NRIs there".

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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