Under United Opposition, Modi May Lose Varanasi In 2019, Says Rahul In Bengaluru

| April 8 , 2018 , 22:15 IST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday spent his day meeting people from different sections of the society, travelling in the Bengaluru metro, having a lunch with the state leadership, visiting a bookshop and addressing a rally at Palace Grounds, Bengaluru on Sunday.

Gandhi had his breakfast with the family of Srinivas, a sweeper with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) at their residence. He also went to Jakkarayana Kere to interact with Paura Karmikas (sanitation workers).

He met and consoled senior Congress leader Margaret Alva whose husband Niranjan Thomas Alva passed away.

In an informal interaction with the media, Rahul Gandhi asserted the lose of Modi-led government in Varanasi. 

He said, "Forget the BJP winning the 2019 polls, even Prime Minister Narendra Modi might lose his Varanasi seat under a united opposition."

Earlier in the day, Rahul along with CM Siddaramaiah and other state Congress leaders took a ride in Bengaluru's Namma Metro. He also visited a bookshop where Siddaramaiah gifted him some of his favourite books. 

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Congress president interacted with the leading women of Bengaluru where they discussed a range of issues. Famous names like Yasmin Premji, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Anisha Padukone, Gita Narayan, Kavitha Lankesh, Arundati Nag, Sujata Guha, Manasi Kirloskar, Nirupama Menon Rao, Latha Reddy, Akkai Padmashali, Sharmiel Mandre, and Vinita Bali were present in the meeting.

Biocon Chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw took to twitter appreciating Gandhi's comments on issues.

Addressing a public meeting at Palace Grounds, Gandhi said, "Karnataka is a battle of ideologies between the Congress & BJP. I am happy to see the people of Karnataka responding positively to the Congress & rejecting BJP Karnataka's thoughts are aligned with that of greats like Basavanna & Kempegowda,"

"HAL, BEL, NAL, ISRO, DRDO, IIM etc laid the foundation for propelling development in Bengaluru. This is a city of opportunities & one which treats everyone equally. After Silicon Valley, Bengaluru is the start-up capital of the world," he added.

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The assembly elections for the state will be held on May 12 and the results of the polls will be announced on May 15.