United opposition will defeat BJP, Modi in 2019: Rahul

Rahul Gandhi

United opposition will defeat BJP, Modi in 2019: Rahul

Congress president Rahul Gandhi embarked on the last day of his two-day Bengaluru visit by offering his condolences to bereaved leader Margaret Alva, the former Rajasthan Governor who lost her husband Niranjan Alva on Saturday. "The only way (for any government) to instill faith the in government among youngsters is to create jobs by competing with China", he said in an interaction with businessmen here.

Hailing the CM for taking such a strong step towards the betterment of sanitation workers, Gandhi said, "Now, when we get the government in Delhi, we will learn from the Karnataka government because the person doing the most hard work should be rewarded the most. So we will manage it".

He said both Modi and Shah have sensed the changing mood and they are under pressure.

The Congress president also savoured kulfi from a roadside ice cream parlour outside Koshy's. Accusing the RSS of generating anger and hatred, Gandhi alleged that people are being killed for what they are saying and that needs to be put to an end.

Hinting at the coming together of the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for 2019, Gandhi said the opposition parties would keep aside their regional aspirations and personal ambitions to jointly bring down the BJP and Modi next year. The leader said, "The natural sort of political environment where there is a little bit of acrimony, but not hatred, needs to be restored".

He said even PM Modi may lose if he stands from Varanasi and the three parties were united against him.

"Nirav Modi is an example, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, Piyush Goyal. they are all examples", Gandhi said. "We will listen to your mann ki baat and give a government that will look after your interests", the Congress president said. Time and again his party had alleged irregularities in the deal for buying 36 Rafale fighter jets off-the-shelf from France, signed between the Indian and French governments. The source said Kavitha Lankesh gifted him a book, "The way I see it", written by her sister and noted journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead outside her house here on September 5.

Responding to a question, Rahul blamed the "mentality" for Modi and BJP losing track. They stand in front of Basavanna, the 12th century social reformer from Karnataka or Dr BR Ambedkar, "praise them, and then you destroy everything that they stood for".

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