He described Modi as a "mukhauta" (mask) of RSS and said the 2014 Lok Sabha elections would be a direct fight between Congress and the Sangh for the first time. He said that the BJP wanted to convert the next general election into a battle for mrime ministerial sweepstakes but Congress would not get into a "me too" syndrome, suggesting that the party may not project anybody.

"I think Modi's political strategy has been and will always be communal polarisation... When his lieutenant Amit Shah was appointed as in-charge of UP, he gave the game away," Ramesh said in an interview. Accusing BJP of fanning communal violence in Muzaffarnagar earlier in September 2013, Ramesh apprehended more such incidents in the Hindi heartland with Modi's projection.

"Muzaffarnagar is a trailer, the first milestone. There will be more such millstones. I fear that there will be a gradual jacking up of communal temperature. It's a time-tested strategy in which Modi is a past master. I am afraid that the way we are going, UP and Bihar, which are heartland of Indian politics can see communal tensions and flare-ups," he said.


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