BJP won't be able to replicate 2019 election results, says Tharoor

Claims the saffron party is not immune to defections

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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, whose name figured in the first list of 39 candidates for Lok Sabha polls announced on Friday, said he is convinced that the BJP will lose power.

Tharoor claimed that the BJP is going to find it very hard to repeat their 2019 election performance when they won 303 seats.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been saying that the BJP would win 370 seats and the tally of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would go past 400.

Making light of defections, the Congress leader said, “In every election, there is always been somebody leaving some party and going to some other party. That doesn't mean that is conflict or confusion. It means that individuals have their own ambitions in politics and they want to pursue them elsewhere.”

Tharoor noted that the BJP too is not immune to defections. “Some people left the BJP also and went in other directions. These things happen. Certainly, those of us in the Congress party for the last few years have seen opportunities to serve the people and that is why we are in politics. That is what I am doing in Thiruvananthapuram. I am here to serve the people of my constituency."

He thanked the party for fielding him from Thiruvananthapuram again.

" I am honoured and humbled that the Congress party has give me an opportunity to defend my seat. I look forward to a fair and effective contest. In 15 years of politics, I never needed to spend one day of negative campaigning," Tharoor said.

Tharoor will contest against BJP leader and Union minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar in Thiruvananthapuram.

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