BJP Will Not Get 200 Seats In 2019 Lok Sabha Polls, Suggests BJP Ally SAD’s Naresh Gujral
He slammed the saffron party for ignoring development-related issues.
Senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and Member of Parliament Naresh Gujral indicated in an NDTV show that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not even get 200 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“The age of single-party dominance is over. I do not see any single party getting over 200 seats in the next elections,” Gujral said.
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Slamming the BJP government for ignoring important issues and focusing on cow protection, Gujral added, “I think, somewhere down the line (from 2014), this agenda (of good governance and economic transformation of the country) was hijacked by the fringe of the Sangh Parivar which led us to cow protection, which led to lynchings (and)… and thereafter (to) the talk of Mandir and the changing of the names of the roads and cities.”
The SAD leader was discussing the results and poor performance of BJP in Assembly elections in — Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Madhya Pradesh — five states on NDTV. “People elected us on a certain agenda and we need to come back to our basic agenda which is good governance and rapid transformation of the economy,” he said.
Gujral underlined that in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the first-time voters would not be moved by the lure of building a temple. “There are going to be one hundred million new voters this time. They are not going to be swayed by just a temple,” said Gujral. He also stated that just as a Hindu would like to have a temple, the youngsters want jobs and the minorities, too, wanted security. “…The minorities want security. If you do not provide them with the security, they would vote en masse with the Congress and their allies. So, we have to bear all this in mind,” warned Gujral.