Congress believes it can stall Modi's bid for second term

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NEW DELHI: Congress led by Rahul Gandhi believes the party is set to make substantial gains in states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, besides consolidating its lead in Punjab, and will be able to stall PM Narendra Modi‘s bid for a second term .
A top party leader said Congress could pick up 60-odd seats at the expense of BJP and this would complicate Modi’s bid to retain the Prime Ministership as he was not temperamentally suited to working with allies, as was evident from the discomfort of regional parties in the NDA .

The leader saw only two possible outcomes to the next Lok Sabha elections, either a government led by the Congress or one by BJP but without Modi as the PM as he would not be acceptable to likely allies, present or future. The unease of parties like Shiv Sena, TDP and Akali Dal proved this, he added.

The view in Congress circles is that the BJP and Modi might well be restricted to a tally…

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