Says Congress asking ‘people of a particular religion to vote against Modi’, suggests party wants to give reservation based on religion in sports too

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district. (Photo: Narendra Modi/ X)

By Anand Mohan J

Claiming that the Congress intends to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on Ram Mandir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said he needs 400 seats so the party cannot succeed in its plan to put the “Babri lock” on the temple in Ayodhya or bring back Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

This is a departure from the PM’s earlier framing of the 400-seat mark – while he had not attributed a reason in the run up to the polls, after the first phase, he had said he needed to cross this figure so the Congress cannot steal the reservation of Dalits, tribals and OBCs.

Speaking in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone and Dhar districts, Modi countered the Congress allegations that the slogan of “400 paar” was aimed at abolishing the Constitution. “The Congress is spreading lies… Don’t they know that from 2019 to 2024… the NDA-plus alliance already had the support of around 400 seats… Modi needs 400 seats so the Congress cannot bring back Article 370 in Kashmir and create trouble. Modi needs 400 seats so the Congress cannot put the Babri lock on the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya,” he said in Dhar.

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