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PM Modi to come back with 300 seats: Amit Shah challenges the opposition

Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed his belief that in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will secure over 300 seats and continue as the Prime Minister.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah. (Photo: ANI)Premium
Union Home Minister Amit Shah. (Photo: ANI)

Union Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that in 2024 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will become PM by winning more than 300 seats.

Shah arrived at Jammu airport and was received by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Union Minister Jitendra Singh where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for various projects.

Addressing the gathering, Shah said, “Today a photo session is underway in Patna. They (opposition) want to challenge PM Modi and NDA. I want to tell them that in 2024 PM Modi will become PM by winning more than 300 seats."

In Patna, top leaders from various Opposition parties have initiated discussions on Friday with the aim of outlining a strategy for the establishment of an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The meeting is being hosted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav.

The gathering serves as a platform for leaders to come together and deliberate on forming a united front against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming elections.

Therefore, a basic outline and roadmap for Opposition unity are likely to be deliberated upon with the contentious issue of seat sharing and leadership questions to be avoided for now, they said.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, Punjab's Bhagwant Mann, Tamil Nadu's M K Stalin, Jharkhand's Hemant Soren, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav, Maharashtra's former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, and NCP president Sharad Pawar are among the leaders attending the first high-level Opposition meeting.

A day before the crucial deliberations, fissures in the Opposition ranks came to the fore with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sources saying the party will walk out of the meeting if the Congress does not promise its support against the Centre's ordinance on the control of administrative services in Delhi.

All eyes are on the meeting's agenda and whether the Centre's ordinance on the control of administrative services in the national capital would be a key part of the discussions as the AAP wants.

Keeping cards close to its chest, the Congress has so far kept its stand ambiguous as to whether it would support the AAP or not when the ordinance is put to test in Parliament by the BJP-led Centre.

Asked about the ordinance issue and AAP's ultimatum, Kharge, before leaving for Patna on Friday morning, said his party would take a decision on it before Parliament's Monsoon session and wondered why it was being talked about elsewhere when it was a matter that pertains to Parliament.

"Opposing or proposing it does not happen outside, it happens in Parliament. Before Parliament begins, all parties decide what issues they have to work on together. They know it and even their leaders come to our all-party meetings. I don't know why is there so much publicity about it outside," Kharge said.

Ahead of the meeting, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said all Opposition parties are going to defeat the BJP in the 2024 general elections unitedly.

Accusing the BJP of working to "divide India and spread hate and violence", he asserted that a fight of ideologies is going on in India.

On one hand, there is the Congress' 'Bharat Jodo' ideology and on the other the BJP and RSS' 'Bharat Todo' ideology, Gandhi said addressing party workers and leaders at the party office in Patna.

"You know that hate cannot be countered with hate. It can be defeated only with love. The Congress is working for uniting the country and spreading love," he said, adding "That is why we have come to Bihar because the DNA of the Congress is in Bihar."

"All Opposition parties have come here and together we are going to defeat the BJP. In Karnataka, the BJP leaders gave speeches and went everywhere but the result is there for you to see," the former Congress chief said.

"As soon as the Congress stood united, the BJP disappeared in Karnataka. I am saying it from this stage that the BJP will be nowhere in Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and the Congress will win," Gandhi claimed.

At the same event, Kharge urged party workers to set aside their differences and fight the 2024 general elections unitedly, asserting that "if we win in Bihar, we will win the country".

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 23 Jun 2023, 12:51 PM IST
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