Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday prophesied Bharatiya Janta Party’s (BJP) defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections and asserted that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi might lose from Varanasi.
"Frankly, I don't see BJP winning the next election, so in 2019 we will go back to the normal, I sense," Rahul replied to a question on "Dalit anger".
"Because there are two basic things, once opposition unity goes above a certain level, it becomes impossible to win elections. Now the opposition unity has gone to a point. It's simple," he said.
Rahul said that when the three parties (SP, BSP and Congress) come together, "BJP will win only two seats, that too with luck."
He said even Modi may lose if he stands from Varanasi and the three parties were united against him. "In fact, I challenge him to stand with three parties united," he added
Meanwhile, the BJP has hit back at Rahul and said that the Congress president should be concerned for his and Sonia Gandhi’s (his mother) constituencies.
"In the kind of circumstances prevailing today, both Rahul and his mother, Sonia Gandhi, will lose from their seats, Amethi and Raebareli, respectively. They have done nothing in their constituencies and the people's disappointment with them is growing,” BJP spokesperson Anil Baluni said.
(With inputs from agencies)