BJP will 'collapse' in 2019 if Oppn is united, says Rahul Gandhi

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The BSP and the SP jointly fought Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats during the recent bypolls, costing the BJP both the seats, vacated respectively by Uttar Pradesh chief minister and deputy chief minister.

"Frankly, I don't see the BJP winning the next election, so in 2019 we will go back to the normal, I sense", he said in reply to a question on resentment among Dalit communities.

Mr Gandhi was having an informal interaction with the media here on the conclusion of his sixth leg of campaign for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly polls.

On RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remark that the Sangh did not endorse the BJP's "Congress-mukt Bharat" slogan, Mr Shah said, "It was a political slogan".

He told reporters in Kolar Gold Fields, "Calling the entire opposition animals...see according to Amit Shah and the basic vision of the BJP and RSS - there are only two non-animals in this country. Meanwhile, our Army begs our Govt. for money (sic)", the Congress leader said on Twitter. "Then we have to do some work on transformation of the Congress, brining in younger people", he said.

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The Congress president said, "the fact of the matter is between Mr Amit Shah and Mr Modi, they are convinced, there are only two human beings in this country".

She had also met Sonia Gandhi, the former Congress president who often does the reaching out to allies and hosts lunch or dinner meetings with opposition leaders.

Earlier, Gandhi drew a parallel between the cosmopolitan nature of Bengaluru, the inclusiveness of Karnataka, and the culture of his party in the final speech of his tour of Karnataka. State CM Siddaramaiah, who was accompanied with Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj, informed Gandhi about the termination of hiring by sanitation contractors, adding that the salaries of the workers have been upgraded from Rs 7,500 to Rs 18,000. "It is obvious that we have to come together", Yadav said. The problem in India is that the person doing the most hard work is not rewarded and the person doing the easiest work is rewarded.

"Job creation will be the central theme in the coming years, and China will be India's (prime) competitor for the next 30 years. Peace and harmony has been embodied in the soul of this country and the responsibility to uphold it lies with the Congress", the letter said.

Continuing with his acronym of "Gabbar Singh Tax" for GST, he said, "Once in power, we will make sure it is - what in the world - called GST, and not Gabbar Singh Tax".