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2014 battle between Cong & RSS, says Ramesh

Patna, Oct 6, 2013, DHNS
Union Minister Jairam Ramesh. File Photo
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Sunday that the battle for the 2014 Lok Sabha election would be between the Congress and the Rashtriya Swamsevak Sangh (RSS), and not the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The developments in the last few months clearly show that the BJP simply dances to the tune of the RSS,” said Ramesh, cautioning the Nitish regime that communal flare-ups like Muzaffarnagar riots could happen in Bihar, too.

“We have concrete information that ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the saffron camp would make every effort to polarise society so that it could reap rich political dividends in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar,” said Ramesh.

The Union minister refused to shed light on whom the Congress will align with in 2014 polls—Nitish Kumar or Lalu Prasad—however, extended an olive branch to the Janata Dal-United strongman.

“After the Food Security Act comes into force, we will double Bihar’s quota on foodgrain from 28 lakh tonne to 56 lakh tonne per year,” he said.

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