PM Narendra Modi lacks guts to face Congress in Parliament: Rahul Gandhi

AICC president Rahul Gandhi meets supporters at Kurudumale Ganesha temple during a poll campaign in Kolar Karnataka on Saturday

"How and from where the BJP will win seats when other opposition and reginal parties close ranks and contest jointly against it in the 2019 polls", he said.

Underlining opposition unity ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday reiterated that even Narendra Modi will lose his parliamentary constituency Varanasi if his party, Samajwadi Party, and Bahujan Samaj Party remain united in upcoming general elections. Gandhi will tour in Kolar, Chikkaballapura and Bengaluru as part of his sixth leg of poll campaign in the state, party sources said.

The Congress will observe a nationwide fast on April 9 to protect and promote communal harmony between different sections of society and expose the failure of the NDA Government at the Centre and the state governments ruled by the BJP to protect the Dalit community.

The Congress leader did not specify the role that his party would play in this coalition but was dismissive of any possibility of a non-Congress, non-BJP third front emerging.

The Congress chief then headed for the home of Srinivas, a sweeper with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), where he had breakfast with the family.

He told reporters in Kolar Gold Fields, "Calling the entire opposition animals...see according to Amit Shah and the basic vision of the BJP and RSS - there are only two non-animals in this country". He made it clear that if voted to power again the first priority of Congress would be to get the country out of the "mess that Mr Modi and RSS has put it in".

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Hitting out at Mr Modi and BJP, the Congress president said they have lost track of running the country. "We in the Congress know how to carry people, we are not egotistical people, we don't crush people and we don't destroy people's lives, so we will manage it", he said.

"The natural sort of political environment where there is a little bit of acrimony, but not hatred, needs to be restored", he said.

Asking the party workers to ensure that the central government's welfare schemes and policies reach the last man in the society, Mr Shah said, "All karyakartas (workers) should work to achieve Modi's dream of a New India".

At another rally in Bengaluru, Gandhi criticised BJP President Amit Shah.

Later, Gandhi participated at the ruling party's "Jan Ashirvada Yatra", held for the people's blessings in the May 12 Karnataka assembly election.

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