Mangaluru, Dec 25, 2018: The former Union Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Monday said that the Mahagatbandhan (grand alliance) of the non-NDA parties will come to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections even as the Congress will win over 200 seats. In that event, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will become the Prime Minister, he said.
Speaking to reporters during his visit to the city, Mr. Moily said that on the one hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s strength has diminished after the recent Assembly elections in five States and on the other, its trusted allies, including Shiv Sena and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (of Upendra Kushwaha), have left the National Democratic Alliance, further weakening the party.
He said that the grand alliance would accept Mr. Gandhi as Prime Minister even though the alliance was not going to announce its prime ministerial candidate immediately. With the Congress expected to win over 200 seats, Mr. Gandhi will become the Prime Minister, as he will be the leader of the single largest party in the alliance, he said. In the State, the Congress and Janata Dal(S) combine would contest the Lok Sabha polls. One may not be surprised if the BJP wins just three or four seats, he said and added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will to lose power.
Speaking about the reported rumblings in the Congress in the State, Mr. Moily said that all legislators cannot be made Ministers. With Saturday’s Cabinet expansion, the party has put an end to the reported unrest about North Karnataka being improperly represented. Mr. Moily said that he would contest from Chickballapur for the third time and that he is not interesting in contesting from Dakshina Kannada.