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NDA seats will reduce to 200 in Lok Sabha elections: Veerappa Moily

NDA seats will reduce to 200 in Lok Sabha elections: Veerappa Moily

Mangaluru, April 21, 2024: Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily, speaking in Mangaluru on Sunday, asserted that a surge of voter dissatisfaction towards the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government is poised to manifest in the upcoming Lok Sabha election, potentially reducing NDA seats to around 200.

Veerappa Moily press meet

Addressing reporters, Moily highlighted several grievances: youth dismay over the Modi government’s inability to generate employment over the past decade, farmers’ discontent with the failure to double their income, and the unfulfilled pledge to repatriate ’black money’ stashed in foreign tax havens. He underscored the persistent escalation of prices for domestic LPG cylinders, petrol, and diesel.

Responding to skepticism regarding the potency of these issues, Moily characterized the previous elections as instances where strategic moves—such as the surgical strike in 2019 and the promise of ’Achhe Din’ in 2014—swayed voters toward the BJP. However, he contended that this time, the cumulative discontent will culminate in a significant electoral upheaval.

Moily confidently asserted that the Congress, along with allies forming the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance, will assume power at the Center.

Regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion of foreign interference in domestic politics, Moily interpreted this as a sign of Modi’s waning confidence in securing re-election. He drew a comparison between Modi and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, suggesting that Modi lacks the stature of his predecessor and is vulnerable to being ousted. Moily predicted a substantial electoral setback for the BJP in Karnataka due to its alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular) and the controversial leadership of B.S. Yeddiyurappa.

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