Congress forming next government at Centre: Rahul

Congress forming next government at Centre: Rahul

Congress president Rahul Gandhi waves towards the supporters at a campaign rally in New Delhi on Monday. AFP

New Delhi, dhns: A day after the Lok Sabha elections were announced, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday exuded confidence about forming the next government at the Centre.

Addressing booth presidents' convention of the Delhi Congress here, Rahul trained his guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the primary opponent but made no reference to Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), leaving the door open for any understanding in the future.

“In 2019, Congress is going to form the government at the Centre,” the Congress president said to party workers at K D Jadhav Wrestling Stadium here and identified job creation as the key challenge before the new government.

In a clear message, Rahul also told party workers of the Delhi unit that the task before them was to win all the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, thus ruling out any pre-poll alliance with the AAP.

“It is up to you. You have to win all the seven seats in Delhi,” he told nearly 15,000 booth presidents and party workers.

However, the Congress president made no mention of Kejriwal's outfit in his 25-minute speech. A section of Congress leaders feel that the AAP may prove to be a useful ally in the post-poll scenario if it manages to win a few seats in the Lok Sabha polls.

In an all-out out attack on Modi, the Congress president accused him of capitulating before China President Xi Jinping when Chinese troops had camped in Doklam near Bhutan and helping “crony capitalists” mint money at the cost of small businesses.

Rahul also accused the prime minister of furthering the ideology of hate and promoting intolerance among communities.

“You have to decide. Do you want Godse's India or do you want Mahatma Gandhi's India? On the one hand, there is love, brotherhood, on the other is hate, fear,” the Congress president said.