Furious over Mamata Banerjee questioning the credibility of the Congress, the party's West Bengal chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has called the Trinamool Congress chief an agent of the BJP.
Explaining the Congress presence across India, he said that the Congress has 20 per cent of the Opposition's total vote share and asked the Trinamool chief where her party stands in politics.
Earlier on Friday, Ms Banerjee, referring to the results of the recently concluded Assembly elections in five states where the Congress faced a humiliating defeat, said, "All political polities that want to fight BJP should walk together. Congress is losing their credibility, can't depend on Congress."
Responding to her statement, Mr Chowdhury slammed Ms Banerjee for questioning the Congress party's presence across India.
"Not right to respond to a mad person. Congress has 700 MLAs across India. Does Didi have it? Congress has 20 per cent of the Opposition's total vote share. Does she have it? She's saying this to please BJP and act as its agent. She says things like this to stay relevant," he said.
Taking a jibe at Ms Banerjee, who had parted ways from the Congress in 1997 and went on to become one of the founding members of Trinamool Congress, the state Congress chief said that she would not have been born politically, had the Congress not existed, further alleging that she weakened the Congress in Goa.
"Why are you making remarks against Congress? If Congress didn't exist then people like Mamata Banerjee would not have been born. She should remember this. They went to Goa to please BJP, they made Congress lose. You weakened Congress in Goa, everyone knows this," Mr Chowdhury said.
The Congress faced a crushing defeat in all of the five states in the Assembly polls and failed to retain power in Punjab.