Agencies, New Delhi
Senior Congress leader and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari today asserted that his party was very much in the reckoning for the coming 2014 Lok Sabha elections and dismissed some opinion polls showing the BJP, having an edge over it.
He said those with Prime Ministerial ambitions will have to sit in the Opposition again. ‘’We have a bad habit of bouncing back, so let nobody be under any illusions,’’ Mr Tewari told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
‘’Lot of people have been writing us off, but the game is yet to be played,’’ he said when asked if his party had conceded the game. There were some who were giving Prime Ministers to the country but when the results of the election come, they would find themselves in their permanent position again, the Minister said.
He also attacked Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for his ‘’model of development,’’ saying this model had not worked in the interest of five crore people of the state, but of five or six capitalists. He said the last 10 years of development under the UPA rule had been marked by people’s participation but in case of ‘opponents,’ only a few had benefited and all the stress had been on one person’s glorification. Mr Tewari ruled out putting any ban on the opinion poll, and cautioned the media against the attempts of ‘fascist forces’ to gain strength. ‘’The UPA Government does not believe in putting curbs on media. We have maintained the freedom of the press and enhanced it,’’ Mr Tewari said.