The Lok Sabha elections next year will be a clear battle between the Congress and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS), Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said in Kolkata on Tuesday. “The BJP is acting to the tune of the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat,” Ramesh told a press conference.
Unable to fight against the Congress on political lines, the BJP, he said, was playing the communal card to polarise votes and win. He also clarified that his party would not enter into any electoral alliance with the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.
“The Congress will not have any electoral alliance with any party which had a secret understanding with the BJP to win the Lok Sabha by-elections as had happened at the industrial constituency of Howrah near Kolkata.”
The Congress will contest the LS elections banking on its achievements and success through the Right to Information (RTI) Act, MGNREGA, Right to Education for children between the ages of 6 and 14 and the New Land Acquisition Act, the minister said.