With winning prospects in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, and being in a close call in Madhya Pradesh party president, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday spoke about the chief ministerial candidate for the states.
He was addressing a news briefing at AICC in Delhi on Wednesday after it was clear that Congress will win in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot have been reported to vie for the CM-ship and in Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath have been reported to covet the CM post.
In Rajasthan, there were even skirmishes owing to differences within the party. The Congress president spoke about the issue saying: "There won't be an issue with the CM candidature. It will happen smoothly."
On the alliance with the SP and BSP in Madhya Pradesh, he said:
"The ideology of SP, BSP, and Congress is the same - ie they all are different from that of BJP. We were quite open and flexible but the things did not work out."
On allegations of EVM tampering during the elections:
"EVM issue is a generic issue. It's a universal problem. If people are uncomfortable, then it is a huge issue and it should be rectified. The central issue is that in the entire country you have an electronic machine, it has a chip, which can be manipulated easily. In other countries, it has been replaced with paper ballots."
If Rafale deal had anything to do with the results:
"When PM had been elected he was voted on three platforms - employment, farmers' issues, and corruption. They really believed that PM Modi will solve the issue of corruption. The issue then came was that the PM Modi is himself corrupt. And that became the issue in Chhattisgarh. And that there as corruption in the Rafale deal s the reality and will come true. The PM was chosen to work for them. The issue of unemployment, corruption and the issue of the entire economic framework being destroyed. India is facing a problem. So he should get to work. "
On farm loan waivers:
"The moment our government is made we will start work on loan waivers."
On the narrative the party will have for the 2019 polls:
"BJP has an ideology, we will work against the ideology, and also in 2019, we don't want to make anyone Bharat-mukt for having differences. We will fight them instead."