‘Abki Baar 400 Paar’ a ‘complete fantasy’, says Congress’ Shashi Tharoor | India news

NEW DELHI: Congress M.P Shashi Tharoor called BJP’s ‘Abki Baar 400 Par‘ a “complete fantasy” and said due to the Balakot airstrike after the Pulwama terror attack ahead of the 2019 general elections, the BJP “maxed out” in a number of states.
He also said that the previous election, which was supposed to be a referendum on the Modi government’s “economic failures, turned into a “national security .”
Addressing a press conference in the national capital, the Congress leader said, “…It was already very clear when the BJP started talking about ‘Abki Baar 400 Paar’ that this was a complete fantasy. Last time in 2019, thanks to tragedy in Pulwama the reaction in Balakot and the conversion of the election from what should have been a referendum on the economic failures of Mr. Modi’s first term into a national security election in 2019. As a result they (BJP) maximized in a number of states…”.
He also claimed that BJP’s strongholds are showing minimal voter turnout (after the end of the fifth phase of voting for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections)
“In all these 11 states, these results are impossible to replicate and we are already seeing this very clearly…BJP strongholds are showing minimal turnout and a significant drop in voter turnout. While the Congress candidates and the INDIA Alliance had attracted enthusiasm, the polling was conducted in a good number…Our confidence has increased even more…,” Tharoor added.
The Congress MP also refused to be drawn into the controversy surrounding Congress ally AAP and its Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal.
“…AAP has issued a statement on the matter which I believe cannot be improved upon and does not need to be added to. I honestly feel that this is a serious attempt to distract from the real issues facing the nation – unemployment, inflation…We need to focus on what affects the lives of common Indians, not on these other issues, this distraction from the real issues does not serve anyone’s interest,” Tharoor said.
The national capital goes to the polls on May 25. The first five phases of voting were held on 19 April, 26 April, 7 May, 13 May and 20 May. The next two rounds of voting will be held on May 25 and June 1. The count and results will be published on June 4.

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