Mumbai: The Congress would face more difficulties in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls if there are people around the Gandhi family who do politics that is favorable for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut said on Sunday, December 10.
In his weekly column Rokhthok in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Raut also sought to raise doubt over the electronic voting machines (EVMS).
He claimed that during the counting of ballot papers (postal ballots), the Congress was ahead in 199 seats in Madhya Pradesh, but the situation changed when votes in the EVMs were counted.
The BJP swept the polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan, while the Congress won in Telangana. The results of the assembly polls held in these states last month were declared on December 3.
“If there are people around the Gandhis who do politics that is favorable for Modi and Shah (Union minister Amit Shah), then there will be more danger in 2024,” Raut said, referring to Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, who led the party campaign in the state.
He said Modi’s “magic” victory worked in three states, but not in Telangana.
It is also a myth that the Congress cannot defeat Modi, the Rajya Sabha member said.
The party has defeated the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan in the past, he said, referring to polls in these states in 2018.
Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel, the outgoing chief ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, put up a fight, yet the Congress lost in these two states, the Sena (UBT) leader said.