Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the battle for the 2014 general elections will be between his party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and added that the Congress will be "nowhere in the picture".
Kejriwal said the current scenario suggests that the Congress will be totally wiped off from the political space because of the corruption scams associated with its government which has been ruling for the past 15 years.
People, he said, would have to choose what is best for good governance.
"There is a choice in front of the people of India now. They have the BJP on one hand, which is totally corrupt and is full of corrupt ministers like Yeddyurappa, and all those who have been accused of corruption. So, BJP in a way is another side of the Congress coin. On the other hand, they have the AAP which talks about a different style of politics in the nation, a politics of honesty, so the battle for the general elections will be between these two ideologies," said Kejriwal.
Rubbishing Kejriwal's comment, Congress leader Raashid Alvi said: "If you ignore the truth then you will bear the consequences. The general elections will not be accounted only from Delhi - there is a huge difference between the state elections and the general elections. Congress will win the general elections and form the government at the centre. People can say whatever they want to."
The media has often presented the 2014 elections as a face-off between Rahul Gandhi, best known for his famous last name, and Narendra Modi, who has been lauded by Indian corporate leaders and foreign companies for his business-friendly policies in Gujarat.
BJP's strong showing in the recent polls in four states has boosted the momentum for Modi in the run-up to the national election due by April 2014.
But, at the same time the growing success and popularity of the fledgling AAP has compelled political bigwigs to consider it as a serious opponent and revamp their election agenda.