Rahul Gandhi’s assessment of 2024 elections: “Tectonic Shift” has taken place in Indian politics

If elected in Wayanad, this would mark Priyanka Gandhi's electoral politics debut as well as her debut as a MP

Rahul Gandhi told the Financial Times in his first interview following the announcement of the Lok Sabha election results that the BJP’s 240 seats, which prevented them from gaining a single-party majority, had caused a “tectonic shift” in the political landscape of India.

The NDA administration, under by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, may “struggle” to survive in its third term, according to Congressman Rahul Gandhi.

Since Prime Minister Modi came to office in 2014, this was the first time the BJP had lost its majority. With the assistance of partners like the TDP and JD(U), it formed the government.

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The Indian political system now has a lot more room. In Indian politics, there has been a tectonic shift, according to Rahul.

The opposition INDIA alliance, which includes Rahul’s Congress among other parties, fared considerably better in the votes than what the exit polls had indicated. Out of 543 seats, the INDIA bloc got 234 and the BJP-led NDA, 293. Congress increased the number of its seats from 52 in 2019 to 99 in 2024.

Rahul told FT that there was “great discontent” in PM Modi’s camp and there are “people who are in touch with us” from within it. However, he did not elaborate further.

“The numbers are such that they are very fragile, and the smallest disturbance can drop the government. Basically, one ally must turn the other way,” he told Financial Times.

Rahul also criticised BJP officials and Prime Minister Modi for supposedly inciting hatred while running for office.

In this election, he continued, “the Indian people have rejected the idea that you can spread hatred, you can spread anger, and you can reap benefits of that.”

The coalition will suffer as a result of the fact that Mr. Narendra Modi’s strategies between 2014 and 2019 are ineffective.

The head of the Congress said that “fairer conditions” would have guaranteed a majority for the opposition INDIA coalition “without a doubt.”

“Our wrists were bound behind our backs while we fought…and destitute Indian people knew exactly what they needed to accomplish,” he remarked.

Rahul will let go of his Wayanad seat in Kerala, where his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will run for office for the first time, according to a Monday announcement from the Congress. Rahul will keep the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh.

Priyanka would be making her debut as a MP in Parliament for the first time if elected. Rahul, Priyanka, and Sonia Gandhi will be in Parliament together for the first time as well.

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