Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the Narendra Modi-led BJP campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections "will peak early" and the country will be "once again surprised" by the results that will bring Congress back to power.
He also rejected a view that the Congress campaign has not been active and that the Gujarat Chief Minister was rising in popularity because of a number of scams during the tenure of UPA-II.
"Well, I think the Congress party is quite active. I don't share the view that Congress party is not quite active enough. The BJP may have started early but it will also peak early. Slow and steady, I think, is a thing which sometimes works in public life as well. I am confident that the Congress party will come out victorious in the 2014 elections," Singh said.
When asked whether the various scams in UPA, price rise and resignation of two ministers have affected his credibility and Modi's popularity was rising, the Prime minister shot back, "first of all, I would say that the scams that you are referring to took place not in UPA I but UPA II.
"After that we had a general election. The Congress party won in that election hands down and I am sure when the results of 2014 elections get out, the country will once again be surprised," Singh said.