Speaking to NDTV channel, Ramesh said, "Our real conflict is not with the BJP but with the RSS."
"It's high time they get out of the mukhauta (mask)," he told the channel.
He said they are "as political as any other political party."
He said that the RSS should emerge from the shadows and what he called "pretence of being a social organization".
Ramesh said, "The men of Nagpur should come out and fight elections."
"The BJP dances to the tune of RSS," he said suggesting that the real mastermind behind all the major decisions taken by the BJP is RSS.
Ramesh said,"It is a fight between Congress's vision of past and present and RSS' vision of past and present."
He said RSS "is the real political force."
The Union minister also said that events in the recent past - like the appointment of Nitin Gadkari as BJP chief and elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate - have highlighted the fact that the RSS has been deciding everything in BJP.
"People are clear what the RSS ideology is from the time of the freedom struggle so it is a choice between that and Congress's ideology," he said.
Speaking to NDTV, he also slammed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who has been recently coronated as the PM candidate of the BJP.
"Mr. Modi knows no other game other than communal polarisation," he said.
"Muzaffarnagar is only a trailer, we will see many more," he said while referring to the recent riots in Uttar Pradesh and alleged that Modi's elevation has sparked off the violence.
When asked about whether Modi had forced the Congress party to rethink their strategy and whether the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi would speak much more, Ramesh said, "The Big 3 of the party will speak out much more when the time is apt," but added, "But there is a problem of over-communicating like Narendra Modi."
--IBNS (Posted on 18-09-2013)