Hyderabad: Former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi of plotting to prevent Narendra Modi from becoming Prime Minister for a second time in this elections.
With the intention to creating hurdles in the way of Modi, the Congress leader was trying to unite the UPA and other Opposition parties in the country. The meeting of Congress allies and other parties convened on May 23 by Sonia Gandhi was nothing, but pure opportunism, he said.
Dattatreya felt that Sonia Gandhi’s efforts would not be fruitful as the parties that could not form a pre-poll alliance will not come together now. “The Communists are in a fix over choosing the UPA or Federal Front,” he said.
Referring to statement by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who reportedly commented that he had no reservations on the Prime Minister candidate, he said: “It is late but a wise statement.” The BJP leader said the statement indicates that Rahul Gandhi will not be the choice for the post.
The BJP leader was also critical of AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s dreams of emerging as a ‘Kingmaker’ after the Lok Sabha election results were out. There was no way for Naidu to be a decisive force, he noted.
Dattatreya, however, expressed confidence that the public patronage of Modi was on the rise and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has gaining strength among the public in the country.
Only BJP could ensure inclusive growth of all sections, he stated while asserting that Modi would be the next PM and told Opposition parties to wait for exit polls which might be out on May 19.