Mohsen Hashemi said in interview with Nasim Online "How political groups enter the stage is now quite clear. The Supreme Leader said that all groups must come and take part. The country is looking forward to a political breakthrough. We can see that the number of candidates has increased. Even groups who agree on important issues and have much in common in their principles have different candidates, because they differ in some spheres. The rivalry of the lions, though, as the saying goes, has yet to come.”
The son of Ayatollah Hashemi added "As my uncle, Director of hajaqa [Ayatollah Hashemi]’s office, has said, breakthrough is made by the elite. If we want a real breakthrough, the competition must be one between the lions, but that does not seem to be the case so far; and it is not clear what action the Guardian Council will take in this regard. That is why one cannot say whether the political breakthrough will happen or not.”
"A breakthrough is made by lions, the elite, who are not currently on the stage. Therefore the breakthrough may not occur. As for those who are currently on the stage we must see how many of them get qualification and how many do not before we could say a breakthrough will happen or the other way round,” he further said.