Modi wave is just hype, says Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal

Union coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal who will face Murli Manohar Joshi in Kanpur in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls says he is confident of his chances against the veteran BJP leader. The three time Member of Parliament said he had no reason to worry because he believes that a Narendra Modi wave doesn't exist, reports Economic Times.

 Modi wave is just hype, says Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal

Jaiswal told ET in an interview that the Modi wave is nothing more than "artificially-created hype".  He attributed the phenomenon to advertising campaigns paid for by top industrialists supporting the BJP PM bid.

Jaiswal's statements came after BJP declared Modi would contest polls from Varanasi, leaving Murli Manohar Joshi to run from Kanpur, where he will face Jaiswal.

However, Jaiswal is not the only one who denied what many are calling the Modi wave. SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav made a similar statement yesterday. The Indian Express quoted Yadav as saying “Media is chanting Modi-Modi. But the fact is that there is no Modi wave in the country.”

Read full interview here.

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Updated Date: Mar 18, 2014 10:44:55 IST