Updated December 20th, 2023 at 14:00 IST
Kharge hai dummy, sarkar chalaegi mummy: BJP jabs Congress over proposed PM face for INDI bloc
A day after CM Mamata Banerjee proposed Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge as the INDI Alliance's PM candidate, BJP took a sharp jibe at Congress.
New Delhi: A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee proposed Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge as the INDI Alliance's Prime Ministerial candidate, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday took a sharp jibe at Congress, by saying that ‘Kharge hai dummy, sarkar chalaegi mummy (referring to Congress leader Sonia Gandhi).'
Banerjee's proposal to make Kharge the PM face of the opposition bloc was backed by Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Other alliance members including Nitish Kumar, however, was seen miffed over the decision, sources claimed. Notably, on several occassion, JDU cadres have projected Nitish as the PM face of the INDI Alliance.
Highlighting the indiffernece between the INDI bloc leaders, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said, “Kharge hai dummy, sarkar chalaegi mummy. (Kharge is dummy, Sonia Gandhi will run the government). Also, my sympathies are with Nitish Kumar who was dreaming to become PM. He got the biggest shock.”
“The base of the INDI Alliance is corruption, appeasment and scam, and the country opposes it. Just wait and watch till Lok Sabha 2024 election results,” the BJP MP added.
Let's win first, PM face can be decided later: Kharge on Mamata's pitch
After Mamata Banerjee pitched Congress president for the top post, Kharge said that winning election is the first priority of the opposition bloc.
Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Kharge said, "Let's win first, the PM face will be discussed later," adding that the focus was on contesting and winning elections now.
This comes after the fourth meeting of the INDIA bloc where opposition leaders discussed various issues, including seat-sharing, a joint campaign blueprint and chalking out a strategy to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
During the press conference, the Congress chief said that there were seat sharing discussions in states, adding that conflicts between parties in certain states such as Punjab will be dealt with later.
Published December 20th, 2023 at 14:00 IST