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Mahagathbandhan a compulsion, vindication of BJP's success: PM Modi

The Prime Minister said the proposed grand alliance of the opposition was leaderless, had no clear policy and its intentions were corrupt

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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on Sunday scoffed at opposition efforts to forge a Mahagathbandhan for the 2019 elections, saying it was nothing but their compulsion and a vindication of the BJP-led government's success.

The said the proposed grand alliance of the opposition was leaderless, had no clear policy and its intentions were corrupt. The does not see a challenge anywhere. The opposition parties had failed to deliver when they were in power and now in their present role, he claimed.

Modi also had a veiled dig at Rahul Gandhi, saying that various opposition parties were not prepared to give any leadership role, with some even regarding it a burden.

Addressing the concluding session of the BJP Executive here, Modi said that there was also a situation of non-acceptance of the leadership within which he said spoke "lies."

later briefed the media about Modi's remarks.

"Today, there is a discussion about Mahagathbandhan. People who do not see eye to eye, who cannot walk together, who have no political or ideological understanding, who can't even tolerate each other are thinking of forging a Mahagathbandhan and embracing each other. It is the biggest vindication of our success," Prasad quoted Modi as saying.

"Mahagathbandhan -- its leader is not known, the policy is unclear and intention is corrupt. These are so powerful words of the ..," Prasad said.

Referring to the Congress, Modi said that "nobody is prepared to accept its leadership. Even small parties are not willing to accept its leadership. Some treat it as a burden."

said that there should be an effective opposition in a democracy for accountability.

"Our is that those who were a failure in the government are also failures in the opposition. They have till date not raised relevant issues."

He said the BJP was willing to answer questions on its ideological commitment, its work but will also pose questions about "48 years of a family" and the 48-month rule of the BJP-led government.

"Surely, we will ask what that family worked for, for what consideration, with what objective and purpose. Our difficulty is that they do not fight on issues, nor on our performance," Prasad quoted Modi as saying at the party meet.

"They fight on lies. They speak a lie every day. Manufacturing lies and then repeating these has become a habit."

"But as part of our strategy, we have to expose their lies. The lie, the misrepresentation of opposition in general and in particular, must be defeated strongly with reference to the great work we have done," Modi said.

First Published: Sun, September 09 2018. 20:40 IST