We are preparing ourselves to meet the new challenges. I am hopeful that we will give a formidable challenge to Mr Narendra Modi in 2019 under the leadership of Mr Rahul Gandhi.' On those questioning the leadership of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Mr Joshi said, 'Today Rahul Gandhi is the only leader who is giving a tough fight to Mr Modi and the BJP.' Accusing the BJP of securing power in Goa and Manipur through unconstitutional means, Mr Joshi said, "It is a dark chapter in our Parliamentary democracy.
In Manipur, despite the Congress with 28 seats in the 60-member assembly, staking claim to form a government there, the Governor did not invite the party and instead gave a chance to the BJP on the basis of a 'manufactured majority'.' Both in Goa and Manipur, the BJP managed to form a government despite the Congress being the largest party with 17 seats and 28 seats respectively. The Congress has charged the BJP-led Central Government with indulging in a 'murder of democracy' in both the states. (UNI)