Congress should drop Rahul as PM candidate, says Gujarat BJP chief

Opinion       BJP must know that social media is not a substitute for politics or governance
       
       	        Shashi Tharoor         14 May 2018

A similar "futile" exercise was done by Congress when the UPA II chose to divide Andhra Pradesh and carve out Telangana as a separate state just before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The LJP chief also claimed the NDA would secure a clear majority in Karnataka and form next government in the state.

He said the BJP and its allies are governing 21 states.

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

On the Karnataka verdict, the senior Congress leader said that, the result was unexpected and every sections thought that, Congress will emerge as the single largest party, but it didn't.

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BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Tuesday said the victory of his party in the Karnataka assembly elections was a referendum on the Siddaramaiah, while expressing his displeasure about making all elections in the country as a test on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity.

After a confident and sustained campaign to retain Karnataka, yet another poll defeat has left the grand old party of the country, Congress, in a complete state of shock.

Taking a swipe at president Rahul Gandhi's recent remark that he was ready to become PM if Congress or a coalition led by the party wins the Lok Sabha election next year, and LJP president on Sunday said there is no vacancy for the top post in 2019. Referring to the INLD and the BSP recently entering into an alliance for next year's Lok Sabha and Haryana Assembly polls, he said: "The era of alliance has come to an end and the alliance struck by them is unnatural and has no meaning".

Khattar has returned from a nine-day tour of Israel and UK. "For this, a control room has been set up where such calls are received and assistance is provided in 90 seconds".

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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