Rae Bareli , June 13 : UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said Narendra Modi led BJP was so desperate to cling on to power that they (the ruling party-BJP) c’rossed all limits of dignity’ and adopted unethical tactics to woo voters in 2019 lok sabha polls.
“All types of tactics were adopted to woo voters. Everyone in this country knows whether it was moral or immoral of whatever happened in the elections,” Gandhi, who visited her constituency Rae Bareli, alongwith her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, to thank those who voted for her, said at a rally.
As all of you have seen and some of you pointed out here, attempts were made to mislead voters in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. You all and the whole country understand whether what happened (in polls) was ethical or unethical… but nothing can be more unfortunate for India than crossing all the norms to cling on to power,” said Sonia while addressing people and partymen at a ‘thanksgiving’ programme at the Bhuemau guest house in Rae Bareli on Wednesday.
The BJP won 303 seats and 352 with its NDA allies.The Congress won 52 seats.
BJP invoked the Indian Army after the Pulwama terror attack and Balakot air strikes during the 2019 lok sabha polls campaign; Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath re-branded the Army as “Modi ji ki sena (Modi’s Army)”.
Raising questions on the electoral process, Sonia Gandhi added, “Doubts were being raised about India’s electoral process for past few years. There is an old saying there is no smoke without fire.”
She was referring to allegations that EVMs were tampered with prior to counting of votes on May 23, leading opposition parties in several states to keep round-the-clock vigils over EVM storage rooms.
Striking an emotional chord with local people, the UPA chairperson and Rae Bareli MP said her relations with them were neither new nor based on any self-interest.
The Congress, last month, had also slammed the Election Commission over award of a clean chit to PM Modi for comments made at an election rally in Maharashtra, describing the Model Code of Conduct as “Modi Code of Conduct”. The Prime Minister received a total of six clean chits from the poll body, over the course of campaigning, for comments the opposition described as “divisive”