In a bid to settle ruffled feathers, the Congress has taken a detour from its stand on pitching party president Rahul Gandhi form prime minister in 2019. The party which had a different stand two days ago following the CWC meet has now reached out to probable allies.
The party has now opened up to the idea of a non-Congress prime minister in 2019 to stop the Modi juggernaut.
Responding to a question on BSP Supremo Mayawati and TMC chief Mamta Banerjee as PM probables, sources from the Congress confirmed that the party would be open to supporting any prime ministerial candidate to stop a PM backed by the RSS.
“Congress is open to the idea of anyone being the prime minister as far as it is not an RSS backed candidate,” said a source from the Congress.
Congress believes the political situation is evolving rapidly all the while alluding to PM Modi being in a pretty ‘ bad situation ‘ for the upcoming general elections.
The sources from the Congress party also indicated that the key to power in 2019 was through forging an alliance in two crucial states – Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The Grand Old Party believes that there is a structure for alliance ready in the two northern states and that it will ensure that PM Modi stops short of even a 230 figure in the general elections.
“If Narendra Modi gets less than 230 then there is no possibility that he is coming back as PM, he is gone,” said the source.
The Congress was also more cautious about Rahul for PM slogan and said things would be finalized only when the die is cast. The Congress’ reconciliatory tone was a bid to pacify its allies.
On Tuesday, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav went vocal about Congress’s self-declaration after its CWC saying that Rahul Gandhi is not the only leader from the opposition in the race for the PM’s post.
On the other hand BSP supremo Mayawati said that any alliance in the three states of Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh will only happen on ‘respectable’ share of seats. On other hand, the TMC chose to stay silent on the matter, with the only green signal for Rahul coming from its ally down South the Janta Dal (Secular).