Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday predicted a massive victory for his party in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections. Addressing a public meeting in Vidisha district, Gandhi said that the people of Madhya Pradesh are going to give 145-150 seats to the Congress Party. According to a report covered by news agency ANI, he used the metaphor of “toofan” (storm) to describe the wave of support the Congress party is receiving in the state.
Rahul Gandhi’s prediction comes as the Congress party is preparing for a big fight against the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections. BJP has been in power in the state for the last 15 years and the Congress party is hoping to snatch power from them.
“I have visited Madhya Pradesh many times till now. I can tell you 100 percent that there will be a ‘storm’ of the Congress party here. You can write this; The people of Madhya Pradesh are going to give 145-150 seats to the Congress party,” the Congress leader said. He criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while talking about toppling the Congress government in 2020 and alleged that BJP leaders, along with the top leadership, bought MLAs and stole the elected government of Madhya Pradesh.
“Five years ago, you all (the public) elected the Congress party to the government. You have chosen Congress party, not BJP. After this, BJP leaders Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Home Minister Amit Shah together bought MLAs and stole the elected government of Madhya Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi said, by giving crores of rupees and buying Congress party MLAs, your (people’s) decision, the voice of your heart was crushed by the BJP leaders, by the Prime Minister.
He further said that you (the public) were cheated. The billionaires of Madhya Pradesh were not cheated. But farmers, labourers, small traders and unemployed youth were cheated.
“We wanted to run your government; We had waived off the loans of farmers. Congress had waived off the loans of 27 lakh farmers. You (the public) will remember the time when BJP leaders had said that the Congress party would not do this work (loan waiver), but we did it,” Gandhi further said.
“We fight BJP. We drove them away in Karnataka. In Himachal Pradesh we drove them away, but not out of hatred. We opened ‘Mohabbat ki Dukaan’ in ‘Nafrat ka Bazaar’. We are soldiers of non-violence; We don’t kill. But we chased them away with love. We told them they didn’t have space here; You looted Karnataka; ’40 percent government is run’ so go away. The Congress government will come here,” the Congress leader said.
Voting is scheduled in the state on November 17 and counting of votes will take place on December 3. Voters will elect MLAs from 230 assembly constituencies. Notably, the Congress came to power in the last state assembly elections held in 2018, and veteran leader Kamal Nath was sworn in as the chief minister. However, in 2020, there was political turmoil in the state after the then Congressman Jyotiraditya Scindia defected to the saffron camp along with 22 loyal MLAs. After coming in minority, the Congress government fell and BJP formed the government and Shivraj Singh Chouhan again became the Chief Minister.