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Business News/ Elections / 'We have to give surprises...': Mallikarjun Kharge as Congress maintains suspense over Rae Bareli, Amethi candidates

'We have to give surprises...': Mallikarjun Kharge as Congress maintains suspense over Rae Bareli, Amethi candidates

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge slams PM Modi over his 'ab ki baar 400 paar' slogan, says the latter's“everything is me” portrayal is unfortunate.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge (PTI)Premium
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge (PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2024: As the Congress party continues to maintain suspense over its candidates for Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli and Amethi seats, party chief Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday said sometimes it's good to give surprises in politics.

In an interview with news agency PTI, Kharge said, "It is not good in politics if I open all the cards. Sometimes, in politics, we have to give surprises and form strategies. Our party is the most democratic party." 

Amethi was the Congress' stronghold till 2019. Rahul Gandhi had won the seat thrice till 2014, but in 2019 Smriti Irani won with 49.71 per cent votes. Gandhi managed to bag only 43.86 per cent of votes.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced Smriti Irani's candidacy for re-election in Amethi. 

Also read: ‘Useless MP who did no work,' BJP's Smriti Irani slams Rahul Gandhi in Amethi

The Congress chief also slammed PM Modi over his 'ab ki baar 400 paar' slogan. The PM's "everything is me" portrayal is unfortunate, he observed.  

"This egoistic propaganda, undermining the opposition and portraying that everything is me, is unfortunate," Kharge told PTI. 

Referring to the lack of transparency in the electoral bond scheme, Kharge said it is okay if the BJP gets more from donors, but transparency about it is necessary. 

"If he (PM Modi) was fair, he should have allowed everyone a fair level-playing ground. A donor may give 10,000 to you and 1 lakh to PM Modi, but there should be transparency," Kharge said.

The Congress chief also said his party is doing its best for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. 

"Winning (Assembly) elections in Karnataka, Telangana and Himachal (Pradesh) have given a boost to the Congress. People accepted the guarantees we have given, which means people want programmes, benefits, welfare schemes and not other things," Kharge told PTI.

The Lok Sabha elections 2024 are slated to take place in seven phases, starting on April 19 and concluding on June 1. Amethi is slated to vote during Phase 5 on May 20. Vote counting is scheduled for June 4. 




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Published: 16 Apr 2024, 08:28 PM IST
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