Amid much speculations regarding the 2014 Prime Ministerial candidate, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said that elections in India are "not a beauty contest" and are fought between political parties.
Speaking to reporters here, he said,"In our country elections are not contested between personalities. Our nation polls are not a beauty contest. It is fought between political parties. Based on its manifesto, ideology and performance, a party contests an election."
"Our system is not like the one in America - the presidential system wherein two people contest polls and based on how one looks, talks or cracks a joke. Elections should not be trivialised, it is a serious matter," Ramesh said.
The statement comes in when the whole country is debating on whether Rahul Gandhi will be the PM candidate of the ruling Congress party for the upcoming polls and whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi finally wins the big ticket from the Oppositions, despite Janata Dal-United (JD-U) opposing the same.