October 22, 2018
Coimbatore : Congress is sure to face defeat if its president Rahul Gandhi is projected as prime ministerial candidate, as people will never accept him, feels Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Sundararajan.
“Rahul Gandhi lacks mass appeal and is no match to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and people will not accept him as Prime Minister,” Tamilisai told reporters at the city airport.
None of the allies of the Congress was willing to accept him as the candidate for the post, she said, adding that many of his party members were also against projecting him.
On alliance for the coming Lok Sabha elections, she said BJP had not yet started the process and would decide at the appropriate time, even as Non-Resident Indians and Tamils wanted Modi to continue as Prime Minister for a longer period.
Her party, which is ruling 22 States, would definitely win ‘considerable’ seats in Tamil Nadu, she said adding that BJP would definitely not enter into alliance with corrupt parties and also those who had given Rs 20 as token for voters (indirectly referring to AMMK deputy general secretary and legislator T T V Dhinakaran).
The verdict in the 18 disqualified MLAs cases or an unexpected situation could lead to Tamil Nadu Assembly election along with the Lok Sabha one, she added.
On whether her party was playing politics with Ram in North and Ayyappa in the South, Tamilisai said it was the declared policy of BJP to have a temple in Ayodhya and also follow tradition in Sabarimala.
About Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan’s remarks on the “MeToo” issue, Tamilisai said it could be his personal opinion and not that of the party,