Bengaluru: Stoking a controversy, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday asked if PM Modi would hang himself at Vijay Chowk in Delhi if his prediction of the opposition party getting less than 40 seats in Lok Sabha polls is proven wrong.
At a rally in support of Subash Rathod, the Congress candidate for the Chincholi Assembly bypoll in Karnataka, Kharge said, “It is you the people sitting here who are going to write the future and fate of this country, it is in your hands to write the fate of Subash and ours, not it their (BJP/Modi) hands.”
“Wherever (Modi) goes, (he) says Congress will not get 40 seats (in LS poll). Does any of you agree with it? If we get 40 seats, will Modi hang himself at Vijay Chowk in Delhi?” the senior Congress leader said. The Congress had won 44 seats in the 2014 election. Senior BJP leader and MP Shobha Karandlaje has demanded Kharge’s apology, saying she never expected such low remarks from a senior leader like him.
“Blatant lies, fake allegations, derogatory remarks have become common with hollow Congress, nothing progressive! He should apologise!” Karandlaje tweeted. Stating Modi was not even born when India got freedom, Kharge told the rally, “He keeps speaking against Congress and claims the party did not do anything.”
He said Modi claims himself to be from backward community, but he is helping only the super rich. Chincholi, along with Kundgol Assembly seat, is going to bypoll on May 19. The bypoll to Chincholi was necessitated due to the resignation of Umesh Jadhav, who quit Congress and joined BJP.