Congress not optimistic about winning an absolute majority

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 06, 2019, 10:59 AM

Congress senior leader and four-time MP Kapil Sibal, in an interview, expressed confidence that his party will not win a clear majority in the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections. 
When asked why the party had not yet announced party President Rahul Gandhi as their Prime Ministerial candidate, Sibal replied that though Gandhi was the “undisputed leader” of the Congress, there was “no chance” that the grand old party will secure a clear majority, and that it would “be foolish” of him to say otherwise. 
The former Additional Solicitor General of India asserted that the party is sure of not winning 272 seats (the minimum required to form a government), and hence has not projected Gandhi as the PM candidate. He went on to say that there is a high probability that the United Progressive Alliance which is led by the Congress, might win the majority, in which case, the “alliance partners would decide the PM”. 
The former Union Minister of Law and Justice said that the alliance partners, or the gathbandhans of the Congress “existing prior to 2014 are intact”, and the Congress has “not let down any of them”. 
When asked about the Samajwadi Party, which was in an alliance with the INC in 2014, but is now with the Bahujan Samaj Party, Sibal replied that the SP did not “recognise the importance of the Congress as a national party”, and that the two Uttar Pradesh parties “left only two seats for the Congress”. 

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