Rahul Gandhi-led Congress poses no challenge to PM Narendra Modi
Rahul Gandhi-led Congress poses no challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will find it difficult to win even 40 or 50 seats in 2019 Parliamentary polls, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said. Modi has his "magic" and the people of the country stand by him, Singh said, stressing that BJP would do even better in the next general elections than it did in 2014.
CM took a jibe at number of opposition parties
BJP occupies the fourth position in UP, is behind three or four parties in Bihar and is not a frontrunner in West Bengal, Singh said. He took a jibe at a number of opposition leaders seeking to oust BJP and said from SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati to TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee and Rahul, everybody wanted to be PM.
Chattisgarh Assembly elections to be held later this year
On Chhattisgarh's Assembly elections, slated to be held later this year, the CM said the BJP's direct competition was with Congress. Referring to Ajit Jogi's Chhattisgarh Janata Congress, Singh said whether the former CM fought from the Congress or separately, BJP would benefit.