While asserting that the entire opposition in the country would unitedly fight to defeat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha (LS) elections, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said any conversations on the Prime Ministerial face of the opposition coalition would be decided only after ousting the saffron party from power.
Addressing the students at London School of Economics here, Rahul said, “next LS polls will see BJP on one side and the entire opposition on the other. This is because the entire opposition and even several leaders within BJP feel that for the first time an organisation is ‘changing’ the very idea of India–something that has never happened in last 70 years. We need to defend this and fight ‘one-man rule’ that has brought all the opposition parties together.”
Stressing on the BJP’s ‘interference’ in the working of academical institutions, the Congress president said that there was a need to fight ‘encroachment’ and ”systematic attack” on Indian institutions.
Asked as to who will be the Prime Ministerial face of the opposition coalition, Rahul said that the discussion on this issue would take place only after crossing the first stage which is ousting BJP from power.
”What we are defending is an onslaught on the Indian Constitution and Indian institutions. Congress and the entire opposition see it as a battle to defend idea of India. So we have decided that our first priority is to defeat BJP. All other conversation will be done only once we cross the first stage,” Rahul asserted.