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Tharoor said- BJP has realized that Rahul is a serious threat to them.
Speculations are rife that the opposition parties will unite to defeat the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha. Meanwhile, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that if he was in the party leadership, he would have brought forward smaller parties so that the BJP could be defeated.
Speaking to news agency PTI, Tharoor said there has been a wave of opposition unity after Rahul’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha. This wave is shocking. Opposition parties have started to understand that unity makes us strong and division makes us weak.
BJP will not be able to get majority if opposition parties come together
Tharoor said that in 2024, if most of the opposition parties come together and do not divide each other’s votes, there could be bad news for the BJP. With this formula, it will be difficult for the BJP to get a majority in the 2024 elections. The BJP won the 2019 elections with only 37 percent of the vote, but more than 60 percent of the Lok Sabha seats. Rest of the votes went to 35 winning parties.
Rahul threat to BJP
Referring to the Bharat Jodo Yatra of Congress, Shashi Tharoor said that BJP is scared of this yatra. For years the BJP tried to mock Rahul Gandhi, but now they have realized that he is a serious threat to them.
Direct contest between BJP and Congress on 200 seats
When asked if the Congress would be the base around which an opposition alliance could be built to take on the BJP in 2024. To this Tharoor said that objectively we are the only opposition party with a national footprint. There are about 200 seats where elections will be held. There is a direct contest between the Congress and the BJP.
Asked whether he sees a similarity in Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification with his grandmother, former prime minister Indira Gandhi, in the 1970s. To this question, Tharoor said that there is no doubt that public sympathy is with Rahul Gandhi after this “reprehensible disqualification and jail sentence”. He said that people feel that it is not good for democracy that a prominent leader of the main opposition party is given jail term and does not raise his voice in the Parliament.
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