The Lok Sabha elections next year will be a clear battle between the Congress and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) and the Congress will not have any electoral alliance with Trinamool Congress,Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Tuesday.
“The 2014 Lok Sabha elections will be a clear battle between the Congress and RSS and we are confident of winning against the communal force. The BJP is acting to the tune of RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat,” Ramesh told a press conference at the WBPCC Headquarters here.
Unable to fight against the Congress on political line,the BJP,he said,was playing cards on communal line to polarise votes and win the battle.
“But they won’t be able to achieve their target,” he said.
Replying to a question,Ramesh ruled out any electoral alliance with the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal saying “the Congress will not have any electoral alliance with any party which had secret understanding with the BJP to win Lok Sabha bye-elections as happened at an industrial constituency (Howrah LS seat) near Kolkata.”
“The Trinamool Congress is still a regional party,may be it has contested elections in some seats in other states.”
“Congress will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections banking on its achievements and success through Right to Information (RTI) Act,MGNREGA,Forest Rights Act,Right to Education for children between the ages of 6 and 14,National Food Security Act and New Land Acquisition Act which have been immensely popular,” the union minister said.
Describing the communal clash at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh as a ‘trailer’,Ramesh said that such incidents would continue till the Lok Sabha elections with the BJP trying to polarise votes on communal line.
“But this communal polarisation will not work and yield any benefit to them. BJP’s agenda might be Muzaffarnagar,our agenda is various socio-economic development activities,” Ramesh said.
Strongly criticising the BJP and the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh,Ramesh said that both the BJP and SP would not survive because of their “Unholy Alliance”.
“Both the BJP and the Samajwadi Party are entirely dependent on polarisation of votes on communal line for their survival,” the Union Minister said.
Ramesh also said that the presence of BJP could be realised only in seven or eight states,but the Congress would contest nationwide – somewhere against the BJP and in other places against the Communists or regional parties.