Kharge attacks PM Modi for ‘luring’ Thackeray and Pawar, says tough for NDA to win

Congress chief Mallikarjun Karge alleged that PM Modi is trying to create a rift between Hindus and Muslims because it is difficult for the NDA to win Lok Sabha elections.

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Published May 11, 2024 | 7:22 PMUpdatedMay 11, 2024 | 7:22 PM

Kharge attacks PM Modi ahead of the next phase of Lok Sabha elections

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday, 11 May claimed that it will be extremely difficult for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to form the next government in the country.

Addressing a press conference at Bihar’s Patna along with allies from the state including Manoj Kumar Jha of the RJD, Kharge also said that, of late, the PM’s speeches have been “devoid of the earlier spark”.

“I was addressing rallies in Andhra Pradesh when Modi was in adjoining Telangana. The bluster (‘abhiman’) and pride (‘garv’) that characterised his speeches in the past were missing,” said the Congress president.

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Kharge also alleged that the prime minister has been trying to create a Hindu-Muslim divide instead of talking about the BJP-led government’s achievements for the past 10 years because it is difficult to win the Lok Sabha elections otherwise.

“After three phases of Lok Sabha elections, I can safely say it is going to be extremely difficult for Modi to become the PM again – a reason why he has given up speaking about achievements of his 10 years in power and is trying to create a Hindu-Muslim divide,” said the Congress chief.

Slams the PM for ‘luring’ Thackeray, Pawar

The Congress leader also slammed the PM for holding out an olive branch to former BJP ally in Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray and NCP founder Sharad Pawar “in a language unbecoming of a Prime Minister”.

Addressing a rally at Bihar, Kharge asked, “In Nandurbar, Modi said Thackeray and Pawar should cross over and all their wishes will be fulfilled. He said it would be better than dying with the Congress. Does a Prime Minister speak such language?”

The PM had made the remark referring to a statement by Pawar, the founder of the NCP, who had predicted that many smaller parties opposed to the BJP would come close to the Congress, and some may even “merge”.

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