BJP, Modi ‘outfunded’ Cong, says Jairam Ramesh

He dismissed Monday’s exit polls and said they would be proved “wrong” like in 2004 and 2009.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 14, 2014 12:34 am

A day after exit polls predicted a drubbing for the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls, senior Congress leader and Union Minister Jairam Ramesh rose to the defence of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, terming him an “indefatigable” campaigner.

“He must have addressed over 125 rallies in every nook and corner of the country. He brought spirit into our campaign and took on not just BJP and Narendra Modi but also articulated what our party stood for,” Ramesh said.

He dismissed Monday’s exit polls and said they would be proved “wrong” like in 2004 and 2009.

Ramesh said the BJP and Modi had “outfunded” the Congress, with their spending reaching an “obscene level”and called for a “serious expenditure audit”.

He also lashed out at BJP for a “communal” campaign.

Asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s restricted campaign, Ramesh said the PM did go out and campaign but only “where he felt comfortable”.

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    Raveendra Reddy
    May 14, 2014 at 8:37 am
    Do you mean congressmen only pocketed the corrupt money and didn't spend enough on the elections. Or, is it that they felt any how it's not worth spending this time?
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    Raveendra Reddy
    May 14, 2014 at 8:26 am
    Mr. Jairam Ramesh, you or anybody else in Congress would have been a senior leader and better candidate than Rahul hi. Why no one in congress, even the outgoing PM is able to raise the voice about the issues, especially leadership issues in congress?
  3. B
    May 14, 2014 at 10:47 am
    When congress wins, 'funding' is an issue.. But when others are shown as winning ' it is an issue'. Obviously, for one party, what is applicable to goose is not applicable to er. It is this approach to things in life creating the problem for the party.. It is time educated people take to rule the country..
  4. P
    May 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm
    People are honestly fed up with mive corruption, into lakhs of crores of rupees, under UPA and also the dismal economic conditions. Where has all the corruption money gone? Who are involved? The corruption took place when Soniaji was calling the shots. Is she or somebody close to her involved? This needs to be brought out. Further problem with Congress is its complete surrender to the family. The family lacks in qualifications and merit. How long can you pull on by invoking the names of Indira hi etc.?Modi ran a very good campaign, gave hope for development. He may be a game changer for India.
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    Satish Kumar
    May 14, 2014 at 6:41 am
    Few days ago, some newspapers had published details of topmost donors of both BJP and Congress party. One could clearly see the difference. The same Tata group donated more money to Congress than BJP (even though BJP ruled Gujarat saved the Nano project). Similarly, other business house contributed atleast 30-40% more to Congress than BJP (even those business houses that had booming businesses thanks to Gujarat).More than money, I think Modi outwitted Congress with some clever communication with voters. As one analyst point out on TV, Congress never had a clear communication strategy. Even their PM man (Rahul) was ridiculed for his foolish speeches (many places he won't remember candidates' names, at other places he took credit for schemes that were never implemented by Congress).
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    Indian Idiot
    May 14, 2014 at 7:51 am
    It is a shame that the likes of Shri Ramesh can stoop down to such low level of psychophancy. God only know, what does one see in a single family, which is not there in any one else in the country. Or is it the pain of loss of ministry, which is making him speak and rant illogicals.
  7. C
    May 14, 2014 at 8:04 am
    You should seek audit of your minister and party president who are involved in / witness of mive scams in last five years .
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