INDIA bloc is a challenge, BJP does not take elections casually: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

He said the BJP doesn't take any elections casually and the agenda is to ensure that Narendra Modi gets to serve the nation for a third term.


Published Oct 07, 2023 | 12:28 PMUpdatedOct 07, 2023 | 12:28 PM

Dharmendra Pradhan. (Dharmendra Pradhan/Twitter)

By Dipak Ranjan

The Opposition INDIA bloc is a challenge, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday, 6 October, adding that he has requested his party to allow him to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from Odisha, his home state.

In an interview with PTI, Pradhan, who is a Rajya Sabha member, said the BJP doesn’t take any elections casually and the party’s agenda is to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets to serve the nation for a third term.

Asked about whether the INDIA bloc is a real challenge, Dharmendra Pradhan said, “I consider this as a challenge.”

“The BJP and the NDA do not take any election casually. From ground workers to top leaders, everybody takes each election very seriously and the prime minister leads us from the front, provides a report card of his work, appeals to the people, and exposes the misleading statements and double standards of the Opposition.

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‘Make alliances out of fear, arrogance or selfishness’

“Some people make alliances out of fear, arrogance, or selfishness. They form alliances without principles. Our relentless efforts are aimed at gaining the blessings of the people through hard work,” he said.

On his wish to fight the Lok Sabha elections, the minister said, “I have already informed the party about my wish and have requested it to give me a chance. The BJP’s agenda is to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets to serve the nation for a third term.”

Speaking about the Women’s Reservation Bill, Pradhan said the prime minister has set an example by giving political rights to the country’s mothers and sisters.

“The Congress let the Women’s Reservation Bill lapse and did not show any dedication to it during its rule. Nobody had held its hands. It had the opportunity (to get the bill passed) but it did not do it,” he said.

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‘Never had the commitment’

“Why didn’t they do it? You came in 2008 and let it lapse until 2014, especially the Congress party. Who stopped you? You never had the commitment to do it,” he added.

Pradhan attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his demand for a nationwide caste census, saying he and his “family party” should give a detailed account of the work they did for the OBCs and weaker sections in the last 75 years.

“Those who did not fulfil their responsibilities and criticise… this is called opportunistic politics. You did not do anything,” he said.

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