Will make sure Modi does not become PM again: Congress MP Sushmita Dev at Mind Rocks

first_imgLeaders of the BJP, Congress and the BJD predicted the results of the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha election results strictly on party lines.Speaking at India Today’s Mind Rocks event at Odisha’s capital Bhubaneshwar today, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey claimed that the party will win more than 400 of the 543 seats in this year’s Lok Sabha election.On the other hand, Congress MP Sushmita Dev said she was convinced that Narendra Modi will not be the prime minister of the country after the election while Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo of the BJD predicted that non-NDA and non-UPA parties will form the government.Nishikant Dubey, Lok Sabha MP from Godda in Jharkhand, felt that the Modi government will come back to power and continue the development works.However, Sushmita Dubey, Lok Sabha MP from Silchar in Assam, said, “It is my great conviction that Narendra Modi will not be the PM of India after election. We will make sure that we save country from Modi.”Taking a middle stand, Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, MP rom Bolangir in Odisha, predicted a hung Parliament. He said the NDA will win 160 seats while the UPA will garner 140 seats. “The non-NDA, non-UPA parties will bag 247 seats and form the government,” he said.The debate took place amidst chanting of slogans by young audience, most of whom are millennial children and would vote for the first time in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. Most of them chanted “Modi, Modi” and even whistled and responded in an electrifying atmosphere.advertisementThe three panellists were asked questions on different topics and this is how they responded.Big issue this country facesSushmita Dev: What has emerged from elections in the five states is agricultural distress, dismal condition of farmers and joblessness besides state specific issues. People thought industry will grow but Make in India has been a great flop.Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo: It is the future of the youths that I am concerned about. The biggest challenge is of job creation and equal opportunities. Livelihood is our biggest challenge.Nishikant Dubey: For the millennium voters born after 2000, corruption is the biggest issue. They have seen how the corruption during the UPA regime was dominant. However, in the last five years, we have given a corruption-free India and have done on ensuring jobs for the youth, cheap fertiliser for the farmers and simplifying tax payment for the traders. Anti-corruption initiatives of the Modi government will be one the main planks of the BJP.10 pc quota to poor upper castesKalikesh Narayan Singh Deo: The role of affirmative action is necessary. After the SCs, STs and OBCs, the economically backwards in the general category have been made the beneficiaries. Everybody should be judged on the basis of merits. But I also believe that everybody does not get equal opportunities. There needs to be a balance. The country needs to move towards a 100 pc merit-based society and equal opportunities. There is an urgent need to increase the number of jobs and improve the quality of education.Nishikant Dubey: Jab jago, tab savera (It is morning whenever you wake up). BJP does not do any work keeping elections in mind. We felt that it there were less opportunities for the poor people in the general category. This is an opportunity for us to do something for them.Sushmita Dev: We supported the quota bill because the issue was present in the Congress manifesto too. However, we should have got more time to debate it. This government has consistently brought laws to fire fight. If they were truly concerned, they would have brought it two years ago. This is the biggest indication that Narendra Modi is panicking about zero job creation.The UPA brought many laws but not any which was on the basis of caste or religion. Why did the Modi government pass the women’s reservation bill?Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo: What has been done for jobs?Audience: The youths, when asked whether they needed reservation, there was a resounding “no” from them.Ram temple in AyodhyaNishikant Dubey: Ram mandir is in the BJP’s agenda. We are sure that the young will get jobs and the temple will be built at Ayodhya.Sushmita Dev: The matter is pending in the court. The Congress shall abide by its ruling.Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo: For us Jagannath Mandir is important. Jai Jagannaath.Advice to respective party leaders for 2019Sushmita Dev: My advice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi is that the most important quality for a leader is to listen to everyone. He or he should not think that they know everything. They should be open-minded and reflect aspirations of the people and not of some ideologues. We have to move away arrogance, caste and communal politics.advertisementKalikesh Narayan Dev Singh: My advice to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is that we (BJD) need to evolve. The evolution should be about moving towards the young. The success of any party will depend on how it connects with the youth. We need to spend Rs 500 crore on sports infrastructure and on the quality of life in urban areas.Nishikant Dubey: My advice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be that the good work such as reforms, GST, demonetisation, actions against black money, corruption, and the mission to catch the thieves should carry on. Uniform civil code should be implemented so that there is no appeasement of Muslims and no witch-hunting of the Hindus and Sikhs. Finally, education should be uniform and should be governed by one board or maximum two boards such as the CBSE and the ICSE.last_img

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