Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Manikrao Thakre launched a blistering attack on BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi dubbing the party as the mask of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). “This Lok Sabha election has now turned Congress Vs RSS,” Thakre claimed.
Addressing a press conference at Hotel Centre Point here on Tuesday, Thakre said, “Whenever Narendra Modi tried to take over the charge in general elections, Congress added seats to its side. The analysis of the last two Lok Sabha elections adequately proves the fact. This time also, Modi is taking the campaign to new high and triggering a rage among voters of all religions who have decided to vote for Congress-led Democratic Front in Maharashtra. Congress and its allies will win maximum seats in the State as the Lok Sabha elections have now turned between RSS and Congress. BJP and Narendra Modi are mask of RSS.”
He exuded confidence saying the Congress-led Front (NCP, People’s Republican Party, Bahujan Samaj Ekta Manch, Lokmanch and RPI-Khobragade) will win more seats than the last elections. Congress alone will emerge victorious in more than 20 seats in entire Maharashtra. Seven seats are a certainty in Vidarbha and the party is making all out efforts to win the remaining three seats in the region, he added.
Striking down the emphasis of opinion polls, Thakre said, “I have still not understood the basis of these opinion polls. All these survey reports would be proved wrong.”
Sonia’s rally on April 5
Thakre informed that Congress President Sonia Gandhi will campaign for both the party candidates in the district and will address a public meeting on April 5 in Chikhli which is along the borders of Nagpur and Ramtek Lok Sabha constituencies. Thereafter, Sonia Gandhi will proceed to Gondia and address a public meeting there as a part of campaigning for NCP candidate for Gondia-Bhandara Lok Sabha constituency Prafulla Patel. Similarly, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting in Yavatmal on April 4, Thakre told the reporters.
In Maharashtra, the Lok Sabha elections are scheduled in three phases. In the first phase, Vidarbha will go for poll in region’s 10 seats on April 10. In the second phase, Marathwada and Western Maharashtra will vote for 19 seats on April 17 while the third phase will see voting for remaining 19 seats in Mumbai, nearby areas, Konkan and some parts of Western Maharashtra on April 24, Thakre said. Congress is contesting on in 27 seats and NCP in 21 seats. Others who were present at the press conference include Nitin Raut, Anees Ahmed, Sandesh Singalkar, Munna Ojha, Bhola Baisware and others.