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Modi’s government will fall anytime: Congress president

Sathia Kumar

The NDA alliance won 293 seats in the recently concluded 543-seat Lok Sabha elections in India.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA coalition government was formed by mistake and will fall anytime, the country’s opposition Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has claimed. BJP is struggling to maintain its alliance; The Congress president made the comments on Saturday after such speculations started.

Talking to reporters in Bengaluru, Kharge said, “The NDA government was formed by mistake. Modi has no mandate. It is a minority government. This government can fall at any time.

He said, “We want the government to run.” Because it will be good for our country. We want to work together to strengthen our country.”

The NDA alliance won 293 seats in the recently concluded 543-seat Lok Sabha elections in India. Narendra Modi has taken oath as the Prime Minister of India for the third time in a row with the majority of the coalition. Although 272 seats are required to form the government in this election, his political party Bharatiya Janata Party got 240 seats. That is why Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister last week after a very tense period, relying on his NDA allies.

The alliance’s support helped BJP form the government for a record third term, including Andhra Pradesh’s N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United). These two parties won 16 and 12 seats respectively in the Lok Sabha elections. There are also Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena, which won seven seats in Maharashtra, and Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janashakti Party-Ram Vilas, which won five seats in Bihar.

The leaders of the NDA alliance immediately reacted to the comments of the Congress president Kharg about the coalition government. The Janata Dal (United) leader took a swipe at the Congress-led coalition government. He recalled that then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao had formed a minority government.

The Janata Dal leader said that even in the 1991 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had won the same number of seats as the BJP in 2024. Failing to get a clear majority, the Congress formed a minority government under PV Narasimha Rao. Rao then split the smaller parties and turned the minority Congress into a majority within two years.

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