Gandhinagar, November 11: Keeping eyes on Gujarat elections, Congress has sharpen its attack on chief minister Narendra Modi. While Mani Shankar Aiyar called him a 'Lahu Purush' (bloodman) over the 2002 Gujarat riots, another leader Hussain Dalvi said he is a mouse.
For the first time this election campaign, Congress leaders singled out Narendra Modi for attack. At Porbander, Mani Shankar Aiyar likened Modi to Ravan and mockingly referred to him as 'Lahu Purush'. Elsewhere in Palanpur, Congress MP Hussain Dalvi said Modi was a rat and in Keshod, party MP Renuka Chaudhary made a reference to Modi's marriage.
Mani Shankar Aiyar said, "Modi is not an Iron Man (Loh Purush) but a ‘Lahu Purush’. He is a ‘Paani Purush’ and thrives on lies. He spends 25,000 dollars everyday for his image makeover." Renuka Chaudhary said, "A person who has not been sensitive to his own wife. How do you expect him to be sensitive to your needs and difficulties?" Hussain Dalvi said, "Modi compares himself with Sardar Patel. But in reality, he is nothing more than a rat."
BJP has reacted sharply, saying that Congress is hitting below the belt. This, even though, Modi himself has made personal attacks on the Gandhi family.
Purshottam Rupala, National Vice President, BJP, said, "Some Congress leaders have used low grade language today especially against Narendra Modi. This is unfortunate. I can't understand why Congress leaders can't think beyond blood. They are spoiling the festive atmosphere in the state.