Modi’s Return to Power Is Going to Be Difficult: Kapil Sibal

Kapil Sibal opens up on the BJP govt’s economic policies and the Congress’ alliance in the run up to 2019 elections.

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Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, in an exclusive interview with The Quint, criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party over its economic policies.

Sibal spoke about the possibility of an alliance in Uttar Pradesh. He further indicated that given the current economic status of the country, Modi’s return to power in 2019 would be difficult.

Let’s talk about UP. You have to admit that India’s current political scenario is dependent on one woman. How can you guarantee a Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party alliance?

There is always room for an ‘if’. The recent UP bypolls make it clear that Samajwadi Party, Congress, Ajit Singh (Rashtriya Lok Dal) and Mayawati (BSP) have come together, and BJP is aware that if we unite, then the situation will not be favourable for them.

It is clear from the results of Kairana and Gorakhpur bypolls.


So who will go up against Modi? That is the big question.

Who went up against Atal Bihari Vajpayee? There was a lot of talk about ‘India Shining’, and it seemed like Vajpayee and BJP would never lose. What was the result?

The public knows how the current government has treated him.

Speaking on the country’s economic status, Sibal indicated that the informal sector and businessmen have suffered a lot after imposition of the “poorly executed” Goods and Services Tax.

“People from the informal sector and businessmen know the damage that a poorly executed GST has done,” Sibal said.

Petrol prices have gone up. The current account deficit is also increasing. Big industrialists are apprehensive about investing in India.
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BJP justified the fall of the Indian Rupee by saying that it had links with corruption. Why did the Congress not use this as a weapon to launch an attack on the BJP?

The way expenses are increasing, we don’t really need to launch an attack on the BJP. The Bharat bandh was called for the same reason. The impact of inflation on the public is the strongest evidence we have against the Modi government.

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