New Delhi, May 3 :
The Congress will be confined to two digits when election results are announced May 16, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said Saturday.
“They (Congress) are making efforts to cross the 100-seat mark, but I think they will be decimated to two digits,” Modi said in an interview to TV channel Aaj Tak.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader said that ever since the election was announced, senior leaders of the Congress started fleeing the battleground.
“They had neither the determination to put up a good fight, much less any hope to win it,” Modi said.
He credited the BJP’s plank of good governance and development of going down well with the people who, he hoped, would give him a “decisive mandate”.
“I think people will give a mandate for the most stable and strong government in the last 20-25 years,” Modi said.
‘Hope it will be a good fight in Varanasi’
Modi said he was hoping for a good fight in the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency where Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal is contesting against him.
“If there is competition, it is good. Otherwise there will be no fun,” Modi told TV news channel Aaj Tak.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader said competition was integral to politics.
“There should be competition in politics,” he said.
The Congress has pitted Ajay Rai in Varanasi.
Undecided on apology to EC
Modi skirted questions on whether he would tender an apology to the Election Commission over violation of the model code of conduct.
Asked if he would like to apologise to the poll panel, Modi told TV channel Aaj Tak: “That stage has not come yet. Our legal team is pursuing the matter.”
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader further said he was accustomed to battling legal hassles for over 12 years now.
“I will not like to waste my time in a debate on this,” he said.
He denied any knowledge of a police report in the matter.
“The inquiry is on. I don’t think they will tell the media about their report… nor do I have any right to know about it,” Modi said.
The Gujarat chief minister displayed his party’s symbol – lotus- and delivered a speech outside a polling booth after casting his vote in Gandhinagar April 30.
An FIR was lodged against him the same day under the directive of the Election Commission.