Andhra Pradesh

YSRCP has made the most of anti-incumbency: BJP leader

BJP national general secretary P. Muralidhar Rao addressing the media in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

BJP national general secretary P. Muralidhar Rao addressing the media in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: arranged pic

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‘Naidu will pay a heavy price for making personal attacks on Modi’

The TDP government in the State is on its way out as the YSRCP has made the most of the anti-incumbency factor, BJP national general secretary Muralidhar Rao has said. Addressing the media here on Wednesday, Mr. Muralidhar Rao said, “Had we been an alternative force in the State, we would have won the Assembly elections as the anti-incumbency is huge against the TDP.”

Charging Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu with making personal attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, “ Mr. Naidu will pay a heavy price for it in the coming days.”

‘Modi wave’

Asserting that the “Modi wave” was sweeping the country, he said, “The BJP is sure to secure absolute majority and form the NDA government at the Centre.”

“The Modi wave has gained momentum with every phase of elections. A number of factors, including the Balakot air strikes and getting JeM founder Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the UN, have contributed to it,” Mr. Muralidhar Rao said.

‘Rahul vs Modi’

The BJP would sweep the elections in all the States where it was pitted against the Congress as the fight was between Mr. Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, he said. “People feel that Mr. Rahul is no match for Mr. Modi,” he added. “The failure of the Opposition to project its PM candidate is only adding to our advantage. It will enable the BJP win comfortably,” he said.

The ‘Modi wave’ was at its peak in States such as Karnataka, Rajasthan, MP, Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Delhi, and Gujarat, Mr. Muralidhar Rao said. The BJP might lose a few seats in UP, but was sure to gain in Karnataka, West Bengal and Odisha.

“In the north, the BJP is going to do very well,” he added. When asked whether losing the Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and MP would have an adverse effect, he said, “When it comes to the Lok Sabha polls, the factors are quite different as people look forward to having a strong leader at the Centre. That is why Mr. Modi stands out.”

Making light of the speculation that the RSS was not happy with the functioning of Mr. Modi and party president Amit Shah, and that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari might be considered as an alternative PM candidate, he said, “Such statements are made by the opposition parties when they become insecure and feel they are losing the elections.”

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