Karnataka BJP stalwart BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was no match for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asserted that his party would return to power with an absolute majority. He said the BJP government has not done “injustice” to the minority community.
He was referring to the state government’s recent decision to scrap the four per cent reservation for Muslims under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category and put them under the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) pool.
Yediyurappa said the Congress was dreaming of coming to power and claimed that the M Mallikarjuna Kharge-led party would not cross the 65-70 mark.
Let us tell you that the elections for the 224-member assembly will be held on May 10.
Yeddyurappa said that I want to ask the leaders of the Congress party who is their leader. Can Rahul Gandhi be equal to Narendra Modi?
He further said that Modi is respected internationally and this will benefit the BJP.
Yediyurappa rejected some pre-poll surveys which had predicted that the Congress would wrest power from the BJP.
He said that I have been in politics for 50 years. I know the pulse of the people very well. We have built the party from the grassroots level. BJP’s own surveys gave his party 130 to 140 seats.
The strongman leader of the Lingayat community also saw the BJP wave in the state.
He said the turnout of people during PM Modi’s programs in Karnataka and the response received during ‘Jana Sankalp Yatra’ is a clear indication that the party will return to power.
Yediyurappa recalled that he had predicted before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections that the party would win 25 out of 28 seats in Karnataka and this came true and expressed confidence of repeating such good electoral performance in the coming assembly elections .