'Congress Must Die': Yogendra Yadav Blames Grand Old Party as Exit Polls Predict NDA 2.0'Congress Must Die': Yogendra Yadav Blames Grand Old Party as Exit Polls Predict NDA 2.0

Yadav called the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress 'biggest obstacle in the path for creating an alternative'.

New Delhi: ‘Congress must die’, said Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav as the bitterly-fought seven-phased Lok Sabha elections came to a close and the exit polls unanimously predicted a return of the Modi government on Sunday.

Reacting to an exit poll prediction, Yadav tweeted saying, “The Congress must die. If it could not stop the BJP in this election to save the idea of India, this party has no positive role in Indian history. Today it represents the single biggest obstacle to creation of an alternative."

Yadav has been vocal about the challenges that revolve around the idea of a grand alliance, especially harping on the issue of corruption. Several times in the past did the founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party, who was expelled from the party in 2015, flayed the Congress dubbing its top leadership as “equally anti-democracy and corrupt" as those they were fighting against.

His blunt supporter for a strong non-Congress opposition was manifested in his Sunday tweet where he called the party led by Rahul Gandhi the "biggest, single obstacle in the path for creating an alternative".

However, soon after facing backlash over his "no positive role in Indian history" expression, Yadav tweeted an explanation elucidating on the colossal role that the Congress played before and immediately after the independence of India.

His tweet read, “My expression "no positive role in Indian history" may have caused some confusion. I cannot possibly deny the great role of Congress before and immediately after independence. What I meant was "no positive role left to perform in history anymore". Stand by that. (SIC)”

The exit poll prediction has seeming taken a toll on the opposition alliance talks as the Bahujan Samaj Party announced on early Monday that its supremo Mayawati has called off talks with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. That being said, leaders like West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee and Congress stalwart Shashi Tharoor have vociferously dismissed the exit poll results as “gossip”.

According to the News18-IPSOS Exit Poll predictions, the NDA is set to win 336 seats, while the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) could win 82 seats and 124 seats would go to ‘Other’.

The Election Commission will declare the Lok Sabha election results on May 23 following which India will witness either a change of incumbency or a redux.