As India prepares for elections, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today hit out at BJP terming its economic policies as retrograde and "blood-eyed" and asked why the Opposition Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi never fielded a Muslim candidate.
He also expressed confidence that Rahul Gandhi would be Prime Minister if Congress comes back to power, saying the young leader as enough "fire in his belly" for the post, although it was unlikely that any party would get majority and polls were likely to throw a "very very fractured mandate".
Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting here, Chidambaram also took dig at Aam Aadmi Party, saying there was no place for mob-democracy in India and the country was a party-based democracy where individuals can not be bigger than a party.
On BJP being anti-muslim, Chidambaram said some sections of Muslim people may have voted for BJP, as Narendra Modi himself claims, but the fact is that Modi has never fielded any Muslim candidate ever in any election in his state. "What does that mean," he wondered.
When asked why doesn't he join BJP, Chidambaram said BJP does not represent all sections of India and it does not even have presence in many parts of the country.
"It has got policies that would destroy the very idea of India. Their's a blood-eyed economic model," he said. Asked about the next Prime Minister, Chidambaram said, "nothing is impossible, but it is unlikely because Congress party is clear that if Congress is in position to form a government it will be headed by Rahul Gandhi".
In 2004 Sonia Gandhi was elected leader, but the next day she declined and another leader was chosen. That model has worked, but that does not mean that we will have same model again, he said.
"If Congress is called to form the government, I'm pretty certain in my mind that Rahul Gandhi will be the Prime Minister," he said.