Uttar Pradesh Labour Minister Swamy Prasad Maurya on Friday slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and called him a "mad man who doesn't deserve to lead India's oldest political party".
"Rahul Gandhi has been continuously calling the Prime Minister a thief. Look at the decency of Modi that he is not (even) responding," said Mr Maurya, who switched sides from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the 2017 Assembly elections.
"It is a matter of great shame that the Congress leader is mouthing such (abusive) language for the country's Prime Minister," the minister told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Mainpuri.
He said that "this childish behaviour did not behove of the Congress chief", adding that the opposition party should be worried since this will invite public ire.
Mr Maurya said that the "immature behaviour" of Mr Gandhi was for all to see as he had embraced PM Modi in the Lok Sabha and also gave statements that even a child would not.
The minister also said that the vicious Congress campaign on the Rafale deal will not cut into BJP victory prospects in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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