Anand: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh dismissed talks of the next general elections becoming a contest between personalities, possibly involving Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, and said elections in India are fought between parties.
"Our political system is not like the American system. Polls are not fought between two individuals but between parties. We should not trivialise the polls. The polls are not about personalities," Jairam said, when asked about the possibility of Modi being projected as BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
"Parties contest on their ideologies. Ours is not the American system where two people stand up and argue and you decide who is looking or speaking better," said the minister on the sidelines of the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) convocation.
"Polls will take place when they are due - next March or April. Congress will contest polls on its strength. We have alliances in Maharashtra, Kerala and UP with different parties," Ramesh said.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)