‘Modi should withdraw his name from PM candidature’: Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot suggested that Prime Minister Modi should consider resigning from his candidacy for the post if the ruling party struggles to obtain a clear majority, given that the BJP and the NDA appear to have fallen short of their “400 paar” claim.

Mr Gehlot said that the BJP and PM’s campaign slogans focused on “Modi’s guarantee” and “Modi government again,” overshadowing talks on critical topics such as inflation and unemployment. According to the Congress politician, despite PM Modi’s claims that the BJP and NDA will win a significant amount of seats, their ambitions look to be dropping short.

In a tweet, Mr Gehlot said, “Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi kept the focus of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections completely on himself. In the campaign, phrases like Modi’s guarantee, Modi Sarkar again were heard and seen more than the word BJP. Even the parliament election candidates were bypassed. The entire election was run in the name of Modi’s guarantee. Issues like inflation, unemployment, increasing tension in the society became secondary in the election and only Modi’s name was being heard. The Prime Minister had claimed that under his leadership BJP will cross 370 and NDA will cross 400 seats in Parliament.”

He further added, “Now it has become clear that neither BJP will get 370 seats nor NDA will get 400 seats. BJP is not even able to get a clear majority in the name of Prime Minister Modi. In such a situation, Shri Narendra Modi should now withdraw his claim and name from the post of Prime Minister.”