Hyderabad: In an hour-long interaction with journalists in Hyderabad on Tuesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that he has no plans to get married yet. “I’m wedded to the Congress party,” he added .
He made the comment when he was asked about his marriage plans and said that the priority before him was to defeat the Narendra Modi government in the 2019 elections.
Rahul predicted that BJP would not even get 230 Lok Sabha seats and hence Narendra Modi will not become Prime Minister in 2019. He expressed confidence that a Congress-led coalition would come to power in 2019.
“We are talking to several like-minded parties, including those who were associated with us in the past and some new allies, to form a grand alliance to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party in the next elections,” he said.
Rahul said he had no personal differences with Modi, but differs strongly with him on ideological front and also on policy issues. “The Congress party has been fighting an ideological battle with the BJP and the RSS for several decades. It is on these ideological grounds that the Congress is forming an alliance with other like-minded parties”.
Asked whether the Congress would follow the Karnataka experiment after the next general elections, Gandhi said, “First things first. We are coming together to defeat the BJP. Once the objective is achieved, then comes the issue of who the next Prime Minister would be. I am not thinking about it now.” to which he said they would work it out.
He voiced concern over growing intolerance in the country, minorities were feeling insecured and addressed the problems of farmers and providing employment to the unemployed. Modi had failed to fulfill his promise of providing two crore jobs annually. “China provides employment to 50,000 people in 24 hours while in India only 458 people get employment during this duration,” he said.
When asked how the hug with Modi in Parliament was, the Congress chief said he had felt the warmth, but for the Prime Minister, it was very cold. “I had done it only to show that I don’t believe in hating people. But Modi doesn’t like his political rivals. He doesn’t even give them due respect. He doesn’t listen to anybody, but wants others to listen to him,” he said.