Sachin Pilot: This is a Congress which can challenge the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections
This is a Congress which can challenge and defeat BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019, Rajasthan's deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot said on Monday while exuding confidence that the UPA, led by his party, will form the next government at the Centre.
He said that national and regional parties need to work together to unite the "democratic" institutions of the country.
He said, "The NDA has weakened as its key constituents have left, whereas the parties in the UPA have expressed their faith in the leadership of Congress president Rahul Gandhi".
"UPA will form the government in 2019 in Congress leadership," he said.
Rajasthan deputy chief minister said, "It is the Congress which can challenge and defeat the BJP. The party has won three states which gave new energy to our workers. We will now form the government at the Centre".
In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress left out the SP-BSP alliance. Congress announced on Sunday that it will go all alone in all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the coming general elections.
About preparations for the Lok Sabha elections, Pilot said the Congress will hold week-long meetings with the representatives of each Lok Sabha seat for finalising the candidates.
The pilot said that Congress will hold a week-long meeting with the representatives of each Lok Sabha seat to finalize the candidates, regarding preparations for the Lok Sabha elections.
He said that the party will give tickets to the winning candidates and the focus of youth will be concentrated.
When asked about Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's son Vaibhav, who is in the race for getting the ticket for the Lok Sabha polls, he said that preliminary talks have been held and the party will give the ticket to winnable candidates.
"Vaibhav Gehlot has been active in the party for a long time. He might not have got the opportunity due to some reasons in the past but it will be our endeavour that candidates like him get a chance to come forward. Party focus is on youths and there will be an effort to give a chance to them," Pilot said.
Mr Pilot, who has completed five years as the president of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee, said the journey was challenging but the party won all elections in the state, be it panchayat, assembly and Lok Sabha bypolls and the recently held Assembly elections.
"We worked together and won elections with the support and strength of our lakhs of workers in the state," he said.