The culminating campaign pitch of Modi and Rahul Gandhi
Shah said that Modi conducted 142 public meetings and four road shows during campaigning and travelled 1,05,000 kms. Meanwhile, Shah conducted 161 public meetings and 18 road shows in the same period.
In the last hours of campaigning for the culminating phase of the general elections, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi held a press conference.
To everybody’s surprise, Modi accompanied BJP chief Amit Shah for his first press appearance in the last five years. His appearance was an anomaly considering his penchant for Twitter, personal interactions with senior journalists and town halls. Even in the press conference, Modi refused to take straight questions.
He even declined to answer a direct query from a reporter, saying that he would follow his party head like a disciplined party worker. Modi said he was attending the press conference to express his thanks. “I have come to you to thank you for giving me ashirvad (blessings) and letting me work for the country for the last five years,” Modi said.
Shah told the media that the BJP would return to power as “people are happy and they accepted the Narendra Modi experiment”. He did not elaborate on what the experiment was all about, but he explained that the 2019 Lok Sabha election was “the first poll in which price rise is not a issue and the Modi government’s 133 schemes have touched the life of 50-crore poor of the country”.
He said that Modi conducted 142 public meetings and four road shows during campaigning and travelled 1,05,000 km. Meanwhile, Shah conducted 161 public meetings and 18 road shows in the same period.
Around 3 kms from the press conference at the BJP headquarters in Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Gandhi also addressed a press conference at the Congress Headquarters at 24, Akbar Road, at the same time.
Gandhi accused the Election Commission of India of being “biased” in this election. “Modi ji can say whatever he wants to say without censor but we're stopped from saying things. Seems that the elections schedule was made for Modi ji’s campaigning. The BJP and Modi have lots of money while we have truth,” he said.
He said that any talks of an opposition alliance would be worked out on the basis of the results on May 23rd, adding,” Priority number one is to make sure the BJP loses, number two is to push the Congress ideology....But, ideologically they (the opposition) are on the same page like us. I don't see Mayawati Ji, Mulayam Singh Ji, Mamata Ji, Chandrababu Ji supporting Narendra Modi government.”
Campaigning for the final phase of Lok Sabha polls came to an end on May 17th.