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Ashok Gehlot claims India may go China way, not have polls if Narendra Modi becomes PM again

New Delhi: India may not see another election if Narendra Modi is re-elected as prime minister, Rajasthan chief minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has claimed, suggesting the country may go, electorally, the China and Russia way.

Gehlot also said the Constitution, democracy and the entire country was in danger under Modi, who, he said, would "do anything" to get back to power. People felt he could even go to war with Pakistan to achieve this goal, the senior Congress leader said.

Dubbing Modi a "good actor", Gehlot said he could do much better in Bollywood and would have left his indelible mark in acting. He also alleged Modi was a "master in marketing false promises".

"If people re-elect Modi, then there is no surety on whether elections will be held in the country or not. 'Chunav honge bhi, aur nahin bhi honge... jaise China, Russia mein hota hai' (Elections will be held in the country and yet not be held, like what happens in China, Russia)," Gehlot said during an interaction.

 Ashok Gehlot claims India may go China way, not have polls if Narendra Modi becomes PM again

File image of national general secretary for Cngress, Ashok Gehlot. Twitter/@ashokgehlot51

"Modi ji has done very good marketing," he also said, alleging the prime minister is creating a misconception in the minds of people about the Congress.

He was suggesting that polls will be held on the lines of those in China and Russia, where only one party rules and who becomes the president or the prime minister is decided beforehand.

His remarks come in the wake of a fierce battle between the Opposition Congress and the ruling BJP ahead of Lok Sabha elections starting 11 April.

While the BJP is taking the nationalist narrative to the grassroots in these elections, the Congress and other parties are trying to bring the narrative back to the basic issues of joblessness, farmers plight, economic crisis and corruption including that in the Rafale deal.

"This man can do anything to win elections...People felt he could even go to war with Pakistan, which is not a good thing....The personality of Modi ji that has emerged before the country is that he can go to any extent before and after elections...to win elections," Gehlot said while attacking Modi and added that "none including Amit Shah knows what is in his mind".

Taking a swipe at what he termed Modi's "acting skills", the senior Congress leader said, "If Modi ji was in Bollywood, maybe he would have left a different mark in the country and abroad, with his mastery in acting, oratory skills and antics."

Claiming that the "truth is on our side", the Congress leader said people in the country are far wiser and can differentiate between falsehood and truth and public conscience will side with the truth. Truth shall finally emerge victorious, he asserted.

The veteran Congress leader also accused the prime minister of misusing Indian embassies in garnering the support of NRIs outside the country during his visits abroad.

Gehlot alleged that Modi's public events during his foreign visits were organised with the active support of Indian embassies that drew widespread support from the NRI community.

There should be tolerance in a democracy, he said, alleging that BJP leaders have "no tolerance as they don't want anyone from the opposition to question them".

"It is not in their DNA," he said.

The Rajasthan chief minister hit out at Modi over his style of functioning and said he has focussed on targeting opposition leaders by misusing agencies instead of governance during his rule and that is why he had "no result to show".

Gehlot, who has held several key positions in the Congress during his a political career spanning almost five decades, also attacked Modi over the use of language, saying it did not behove one who held the top post of the country's prime minister.

He accused Modi of having "failed" to fulfil the promises made to people before assuming power.

He also targeted the RSS, the BJP's ideological fountainhead, dubbing it an "extra-constitutional" authority that was trying to impose its people on every institution in the country.

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Updated Date: Mar 19, 2019 22:31:15 IST

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