Piyush Goyal says BJP will return to power with over 300 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha polls
Updated:  Oct 06, 2018, 10:00 AM
At the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Union Minister Piyush Goyal has asserted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will return to power by winning more than 300 seats in the 2019 General elections. “The BJP will come back with 300 plus seats and the NDA will get a two-thirds majority,” Goyal said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government is on top of the economic situation despite rupee depreciation added the Union Minister.
"We are working in line with Mahatma Gandhi's vision of India that Congress should wind up shop. On one hand, we will make India Congress mukt (free), and on the other, we will make it Poverty Mukt," said Union Minister while attacking Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
His remark came in the response of Rahul's statement which he made earlier in the day that the Narendra Modi government is "waging war on Indians" and imposing a "suffocating ideology" on them.
Rahul attacked Modi government and said, "It (Modi government) wants to impose one singular suffocating memory on our 1.3 billion people." He added, "rupee is on its knees, petrol at an all-time high, the stock market imploded, Rs 12 lakh crore in NPAs and unemployment is at a 20-year high".
The Union Minister has termed the rupee falls as slowest in last five years. “This is the slowest depreciation…. show me any period which had such a golden run as far as currency was concerned.”
On the question of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government losing the narrative amid crisis like surging oil prices and a depreciating rupee, Goyal said, "Absolutely not. The people of India are smart and are watchful of what a government does when times are good and when times are bad."
He added, "When Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee came to power, there were many issues to grapple with. Then we had a Pokhran test, and sanctions were imposed on us. So Vajpayee got a very short window. We saw a fiscal deficit under control and a current account surplus. But he was able to leave behind for the next government a strong base."
Goyal claimed that during Vajpayee government, foreign exchange reserve had gone up from $29 billion in 1998 to $103 billion in 2004, interest rates were down, inflation was down to four per cent, growth was up to eight percent.
"That was the time when the country would have invested heavily in building up reserve and building a strong base for the country. Sadly between 2004 and 2008, the government did not use that opportunity to strengthen its arm to strengthen its reserves," he said.
The saga of election is repeating itself yet once again, every party is claiming they will form a government in the upcoming elections. Its just matter of few more months and the people's decision will be out in open.
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