Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) president, Conrad Sangma on Saturday termed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s action of challenging Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘unfortunate’ following his conviction in a defamation case by a Surat Court.
“It was unfortunate that Gandhi was not accepting the court’s verdict and the rules of the ECI (Election Commission of India),” Sangma said.
The NPP, the first from the Northeastern region to attain the status of a national party, is an ally of the BJP. Sangma suggested that the former Congress president should accept the verdict of the court rather than attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi..
“He should accept the rules laid down by the Election Commission of India,” the NPP Chief iterated.
Mentionably, during his election speech in 2019, Gandhi had insulted Narendra Modi and ridiculed that people with the surname Modi were all “thieves”. “Such a statement is an insult not just to the PM of the nation but also to the entire OBC community,” Sangma said.
The NPP president further asked Rahul Gandhi to apologise for his statement and focus on course correction rather than challenging the Prime Minister at this moment.
When asked whether this situation would impact the prospects of the Congress party in the upcoming 2024 election, Sangma opined that it would undoubtedly impact the Congress prospects in 2024.
“The Congress faced a difficult situation in 2014 and 2019, and this situation would further impact the Congress in the coming 2024 elections,” he said.