If Narendra Modi loses 2014, his story will be over: Jairam Ramesh
During the interview, Ramesh said that Narendra Modi's career reminded him of the rise of the "Third Reich".
On being asked that "the Modi campaign has got a lot of momentum and the perception is that the Congress campaign lacks that momentum", Ramesh said, "Modi-entum, not momentum. I think a time will come when Mr Modi will begin to get judged differently. The BJP is a master of hype."
Ramesh even indirectly compared Modi to the German dictator Hitler. He said, "Mr Modi has demonstrated in 12 years that he's been in power. He runs a one-man show in Gujarat. It's a one-man political party. He has marginalized not only us, he's also marginalized his own party. Mr Modi has demonstrated a singular incapacity to abide by rules."
Ramesh alleged that "we are going through what Germany went through in 1932."
On being asked "what is the Congress going to do to prevent Modi's rise", Ramesh asserted, "The RSS is the ideological fountainhead for Mr Modi and it is the vision of the RSS that is in conflict with that of the Congress."
Ramesh also took potshots at Modi on seeking to reclaim the Gandhian legacy or the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel legacy.
Ramesh said that "we are going through what Germany went through in 1932."
On being compared Modi with Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Ramesh stated, "If Mr Modi loses 2014, his story is over, his balloon is burst. If Mr (Rahul) Gandhi does not do well in 2014, he is still going to be around. Certainly, Mr Modi is somebody whom we have to contend with. We can't just airbrush him aside."
On development in Gujarat, Ramesh said, "Modi inherited a vibrant enterprise, he didn't inherit a Chapter 11 bankrupt company and turn it around.
On being asked that "India wants somebody aggressive at the moment", Ramesh said, "Modi never engages in interactions with anybody. He only gives speeches. He comes, he says what he has to say and then he leaves."
Ramesh also claimed that the Congress party is a giant elephant while the BJP is a jackal.
CPI backs Jairam Ramesh's remarks on Modi
Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan on Wednesday supported the remarks made by Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Narendra Modi, and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has become the symbol of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) politics of communal violence.