Hyderabad: AICC president Rahul Gandhi said that the Congress coalition would come to power at the centre after the 2019 elections and there would be no chance for Narendra Modi to return as the Prime Minister after the elections. Rahul claimed that senior BJP and RSS leaders shared the same opinion. He said that PM Modi was in a dream world. In his interaction with the media on Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi said if Modi had to come back as PM, the BJP would have to win 230 seats which was not possible. He said Uttar Pradesh had 80 seats and Bihar 40 seats, and Congress had targeted these 120 seats.
He said that the UP Congress would have an alliance with the BSP, Samajwadi Party and other political parties while in Bihar, it would tie-up with the RJD and other political parties. He said that unless BJP won in UP and Bihar, it had no chance of retaining power.
When asked about the Prime Ministerial candidate, the Congress president said "Our target is to defeat the BJP and RSS first and then Opposition parties will decide the PM candidate". He said that all opposition parties would prepare the common minimum programme. SC categorization and other issues would be discussed and a decision taken.
He alleged that PM Modi and CM KCR were responsible for non-implementation of Muslim reservations. But he evaded replying on what the Congress stand on this issue was. Rahul said that the Congress party was committed on the women's reservation bill. When asked about the recent Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election where the Congress failed to get support from the Aam Aadmi Party and others, Rahul said "We will discuss with the Aam Aadmi party also."