Communications and Information Technology (IT) Minister Kapil Sibal has alleged that there is a lot of hype created around Narendra Modi, and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate bubble would burst prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
In an exclusive interview given to Reuters, Sibal cited the laws of nature to prove his point.
"Normally the law of nature is that he who rises, falls and the quicker he rises, the quicker he falls. So, I don't know how the laws of nature are going to work, as far as, Narendra Modi is concerned," said Sibal.
"I do believe that a lot of this, a lot of this is hype and its based on a private army being employed by Narendra Modi to disturb the cyberspace in his favour and we will see if he moves forward at all, or not. As you know all bubbles burst, that's again the law of nature, this bubble too will burst," he added.
Sibal said that as a citizen of the country he was concerned that a person like Modi was having ambitions to become the Prime Minister of India as he believed that the Gujarat Chief Minister tweaked the system in his state to suit his own fancies.
"I think that the system has been manipulated in Gujarat by the Chief Minister and the fact the he has not allowed a Lokpal (sic) (Lokayukta, state-level ombudsman) to be appointed for 11 years, or may be not 11 and a little less, is indicative of the mindset of the person who has aspirations to be something in India," said Sibal.
"And that worries me, that worries me not as a minister, not as government, but it worries me as a citizen of this country," he added.
Modi has adopted the "good governance" slogan for his large-scale 2014 general elections campaign, and has constantly criticized the policies adopted by the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre.
On Monday, Modi addressed the Global Emerging Markets Forum in the United States, via videoconference, and elaborated on his strategy for "good governance" in the lead-up to the next general elections.
"Good governance starts from good intentions, survives on lasting institutions and reaches across countries and beyond. ... Lack of good governance is like diabetes, which affects each and every part of the body," Modi had said at his address.
"Good governance is always easy and effective governance. We should have no doubts about democracy - it has a strong foundation and flexible structure - let us design useful practices and processes in this framework. ... Governance must be system based and policy driven. It reduces subjectivity and corruption," he added.
The country will go for Lok Sabha polls in May 2014.