Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the Opposition parties are incapable of challenging the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, accusing them of fighting on lies and not on issues.
“Our problem is that those who were failures while in government are also failures in the Opposition. I don’t see a challenge anywhere (in the 2019 elections),” Modi at the BJP’s national executive meeting in Delhi.
The prime minister claimed that his party never fights on lies and will fight the 2019 Lok Sabha polls on policies.
“We are ready to fight on neeti (policies) but we don’t know how to fight on lies,” Modi said on the second day of the meeting.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who informed the reporters about Modi’s closed-door speech, said that the prime minister had rejected the grand alliance of the Opposition parties.
“Their leadership is unknown, their policy is unclear and their intention is corrupt,” Prasad quoted Modi as saying.
Setting the tone for the 2019 parliamentary election, coined a new slogan, ‘Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP’, highlighting his party’s commitment to its core values and the country’s progress and forward march under its rule.
During the meeting, Modi also paid rich tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee through the slogan. The new slogan, ‘Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP’, means an India which is victorious and cannot be subjugated by anyone and a party which is committed to its principles.
(With inputs from agencies)