Modi Hits Out at Rahul for ‘PM in 2019’ Remark, Terms it Arrogance

“Yes, why not”, Rahul Gandhi had said on being asked if he can be PM in 2019.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, 9 May, hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for reportedly having declared his intention of becoming the prime minister in 2019.

Addressing a rally in Karnataka’s Kolar, Modi said:

Yesterday in Karnataka, someone made an important declaration. Ignoring those waiting in queue, those in alliances, those sitting with 40 years of experience, and said, “I am going to be PM!” Declaring oneself a prime minister like this, isn’t it an evidence of arrogance?

Did Rahul Say He Will be PM in 2019?

On 8 May, Rahul Gandhi, for the first time, reportedly accepted – albeit off camera – that he hopes of sitting in the prime minister’s chair after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Gandhi, who is on a campaign trail in Karnataka’s Bengaluru, said that he will become the prime minister if the Congress emerges as the single largest party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“Yes, why not”, the Congress president said on being asked if he can become the prime minister in 2019, according to ANI.

However, during a press conference, when he was asked about his hopes of being PM in 2019, Gandhi chose to focus on the upcoming Karnataka elections.

We are here to talk about the Karnataka elections, let’s focus on that.
Rahul Gandhi

However, a few journalists confirmed that the Nehru-Gandhi scion accepted off-camera that he doesn’t mind prime ministership.

Gandhi, ahead of Karnataka elections, interacted with Bengaluru residents at the launch of the Samruddha Bharat Foundation. While, speaking to the press, the Congress chief also hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa.

We are repeatedly asking the prime minister why has he chosen a corrupt person, who has been in jail, as BJP’s CM candidate.
Rahul Gandhi, Congress President

Gandhi also criticised BJP President Amit Shah by referring to him as a murder-accused.

People in India forget that BJP President Amit Shah is a murder-accused. A party that talks about honesty and decency has a person who’s been accused of murder as its president.
Rahul Gandhi

With just four days remaining before Karnataka goes to polls, all political parties are in overdrive campaign mode. Almost two years after abandoning her poll campaign midway in Varanasi, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi appeared back on the scene and addressed a public rally in Bijapur on Tuesday.

(With inputs from ANI)

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