On the last day of campaigning before the final phase of elections on Sunday, Union Minister for Law Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday has shared the issues on which he is fighting for in Bihar's Patna Sahib constituency while interacting exclusively to Republic media.
"I have told you before, I have roamed 250 villages but I won't comment on the sitting MP. This election is about issues - progress, hope and opportunity. I have raised the issues of security, prosperity, anti-terrorism steps," he said.
The BJP leader, fighting his first Lok Sabha polls faces Congress Leader and sitting MP, Shatrughan Sinha for the Patna Sahib constituency which goes to polls on Sunday. Speaking on the competition he faces, he said that the 'mahagathbandhan' will fail due to its opportunistic coalition.
"Every voter wants to see Narendra Modi as Prime Minister again. Opposition scared of defeat will say such things that BJP will lose. People have love for India in their hearts. Opportunistic coalitions will be answered by the people," he added.
When asked about BJP's chances in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Prasad replied confidently that while allies' help is appreciated, BJP will come into power with an absolute majority.
"BJP will get an absolute majority. Though we respect our allies and they will be present, we will form the government with a historic win," he said.
Recently, there were reports which claimed that Prasad's rival Sinha had stated in his affidavit that he has movable assets of Rs 8.60 crore and immovable assets of Rs 103.61 crore while his wife Poonam Shatrughan Sinha has movable assets of Rs 18.67 crore and immovable assets of Rs 62.65 crore.
This was observed to be 4.8 times greater than Prasad's declared movable assets of Rs 18.35 crore and immovable assets of Rs 3.74 crore whereas his wife Maya Shankar has movable assets of Rs 1.43 crore but does not possess any immovable assets, as per the affidavit filed by Prasad in his nomination papers.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is a well-known Supreme Court lawyer, did his graduation and post graduation from Patna College and he completed his LLB from Patna Law College in 1976-79 was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2000 for the first time. He has since then held the posts of Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal and Mines, Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India) and is currently the Union Minister for Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of Law and Justice (India). He was also appointed as the BJP's national spokesperson in 2005.