Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh
New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday dismissed the view that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was a threat to them and said that the hype around BJP`s prime ministerial candidate for next year`s General Elections would soon burst.
Talking to an international news agency, senior Congress leader and Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal, when asked whether the Congress was scared of the impressive rise of the Gujarat CM, said, "Normally the law of nature is such that one who rises falls, and one who rises quickly falls as quickly."
"I don`t know how the law of nature will work as far as Modi is concerned," he added.
Further, taking a dig at BJP`s PM candidate, Sibal said that some time or the other all bubbles burst. "This bubble will also burst," he maintained and was confident that the bubble will burst before the elections next year.
On the fact that Modi has a huge following in cyber space and was active on social media platforms, unlike the Congress, Sibal`s view was, "Cyber space is such is that if you have an army then you can bombard the space to create hype. Private army has been employed by Modi to disturb cyber space in his favour." He added, "A lot of this is hype."
On the issue of development in Gujarat, the senior leader said that the system was manipulated in the state. "I have still not got an answer as to what the Gujarat model is," he said and rubbing it in he added, "You cannot sell a product that you don`t have. Modi does not have that product."
Sibal also said that the Congress was not bothered about the fact that most of the opinion polls had predicted a bad showing for the party in 2014 polls and an improvement in the tally of the BJP. "Where did opinion polls take the BJP in 2004 and 2009 elections," he asked.
Earlier this month, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram too in an interview to a news agency had said that Modi was not a stronger candidate than former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee or senior BJP leader LK Advani. He had also said that a lot of hype around the Gujarat CM was largely media created. "Gross exaggeration to say that Modi is sweeping countryside and will win in every state," he had said.
However, Chidambaram had accepted the fact that Modi had united the rank and file of BJP. "Leaders are divided but the rank and file have been united," he had commented.