NEW DELHI: Describing the non-fulfilment of promises made by Narendra Modi in 2014 general elections as the most important issue for the 2019 elections, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh, said, the Opposition needs to expose the lies of this government.
''The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be based on what happened to the promises made by Narendra Modi. Just like we were the issue in 2014 general elections, there will be just one issue in 2019 - Narendra Modi. It is our job to expose the lies of Narendra Modi government,'' Ramesh said in an interview to a TV channel.
Talking to Zee News, Ramesh welcomed the changes in the Congress after Rahul Gandhi took over as party President. He also added that the appointment of more young leaders on crucial posts was a long-pending demand of members of the Congress.
Ramesh praised the changed, fast decision making working style, especially in the developments in Karnataka where his party moved fast to forge an alliance with Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S).
''Had the Congress taken decisions like it did previously, we would have lost Karnataka, which is a crucial state for the party in the current situation. The Congress leadership did not just take fast decisions, but also showed a big heart by offering chief ministership to the JDS without any condition. They were also given the Finance portfolio,'' said Ramesh.
''All this happened so fast that old Congress members like us did not even feel that it was the same Congress party,'' he said.
The Congress leader said the party was working to forge tie-ups with other opposition parties in various states to defeat the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
Ramesh revealed that the Congress party would ally with Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal in Uttar Pradesh, with Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar, with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha in Jharkhand and with National Congress Party in Maharashtra.