Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed confidence that all “like-minded parties” in the Opposition which have the best interest of the nation at heart will support Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as the leader of an united alliance against the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Singh also said the Congress party, under the leadership of Rahul, will return to power in 2019 as the people are “completely disillusioned” with the BJP and want a “positive change”.
“Rahul has all the qualities needed to be a great prime minister and he is the perfect man to lead the country, as I have always maintained,”Singh told the media inn a meeting when inquired as to whether he truly feels Rahul is the correct man for the activity of running the nation.
Giving an example of 70% youth of the country, he said that leadership skills of a young leader like Rahul Gandhi will shape the future of country. He also lashed out at the opposition for a ‘deliberate’ attempt to undermine the image of Rahul Gandhi by calling him names and making fun of his abilities and initiatives.
“The time is up for the BJP. The Congress, under Rahul, is ready to take the reins of the country and bring it back on the path of progress and prosperity,” Singh said.
“Other opposition parties know that the Congress is the only party that can lead an effective campaign against the BJP, and they also know that Rahul is more than capable to leading the united opposition. As I have said earlier, it is important to have the right kind of alliances at this juncture if we are to save the nation from the misgovernance of the BJP and its allies,” he said.
Mr Singh expressed confidence that the Congress would win each of the states going to polls, referring to the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram and Chhattisgarh.
Asked whether he would form an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab for the 2019 elections if there is a national alliance of the Congress with them, Singh said the Congress in Punjab will sweep the election on its own and does not need allies.
“We have also conveyed this to the Congress high command. But at the same time, we have told them that the final decision rests with them, which they would need to take keeping all exigencies in mind,” he said.