Mumbai: BJP ally Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed Sunday the country was heading for a âfractured mandateâ, and Union minister Nitin Gadkari would be âwaitingâ for such an eventuality.
Raut, the executive editor of the Sena mouthpiece âSaamanaâ, also wrote in his Sunday column in the newspaper that Prime Minister Narendra Modiâs stature has âdeclinedâ while that of Congress president Rahul Gandhi has risen.
Â âThe country is heading for a fractured mandate and prime minister Narendra Modi is responsible for it,â he said, adding that the full mandate Modi won in 2014 was âan opportunity wastedâ.
Raut wrote that in 2014 there was a wave in Modiâs support as voters were determined to defeat the Congress, but âthe picture has changed todayâ.
Â âModiâs larger-than-life image has lost the shine now. Rahul Gandhiâs leadership is not as towering as Modiâs but he has gained importance as people are disappointed with the current government,â the Sena MP said.
Â âWhile senior leaders in the BJP are worried about its possible poor performance in coming elections, Nitin Gadkariâs statements are an indication of which way the winds are blowing. A leader like Gadkari has equal acceptance in the RSS as well as among other BJP leaders,â Raut said.
Â âPolitical conspiraciesâ were hatched to deny Gadkari a second term when he was the BJP president (from 2009 to 2013),â he claimed.
Â âHe also faced several allegations in Purti group scam and a second term was denied to him. That memory still rankles with Gadkari,â Raut said.
Â âGadkari is now waiting for the hung Lok Sabha of 2019,â Raut added, suggesting, indirectly, that in that case the Union minister could become the consensus candidate for the top post.