Congress leader and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath is confident about how the Congress will fare in the current elections. He is hopeful of at least tripling Congress’ seat share to – wait for it – 122.
@OfficeOfKNath tells me that the @INCIndia will triple its seats in the parliament & win 122 seats. When asked, if the Congress would support a ‘third front’ in case of a hung parliament – he said- ‘the goal of all the parties is to keep the BJP out of power’ #Election2019 pic.twitter.com/lWXBIOyKcx
— Sameer Hashmi (@sameerhashmi) April 25, 2019
Out of 543 constituencies, in 2014, Congress was reduced to 44 seats. Instead of aiming for a full majority, Congress seems to have resigned to its fate and would perhaps be content if it even crosses the three-digit figure. In conversation with a BBC journalist, Kamal Nath reportedly said that the Congress will triple its seat tally and win 122 seats. Of course, while three times 44 is 132, Kamal Nath seems to have mixed up the maths.
In an unrelated news, earlier this month, over 300 IT sleuths conducted raids on Kamal Nath’s associates and huge stash of unaccounted cash was reportedly recovered. I-T dept says ‘major political party’ received Rs 20 cr through hawala and Congress leader Ahmed Patel had reached the residence of AICC official being raided to what appeared to be an attempt at firefighting.
All this while, BJP is aiming for a 300+ seat tally. While he did not give any specific answer on whether Congress will support a ‘third front’ he vaguely said that the goal of all the parties is to keep the BJP out of power.
Kamal Nath’s display of lack of confidence in Congress’ victory does not seem to have gone down well with Congress-friendly journalists.
Only party in the world that announces in advance it’s losing the election https://t.co/r3AjZavJjF
— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) April 25, 2019
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) April 25, 2019
Just as the election is reaching its peak with PM Modi filing his nomination for Varanasi seat tomorrow, Congress already seems to have surrendered itself and has even stopped pretending that it believes it will win.