Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched an all out attack on the Congress and took a below-the-belt jibe at newly appointed Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda Pushkar.
"There was a Congress leader who was a minister in Parliament. He was accused of amassing wealth from cricket. He had said in Parliament that he is not connected to the Rs 50 crore that is in the lady's name," said Modi. "Have you ever heard of Rs 50 crore girlfriend?" he asked, during a rally in Himachal Pradesh.
The comment, understandably led to a lot of chatter on Twitter, even causing Shashi Tharoor to trend on the micro blogging site. A few tweets have been reproduced:
Narendra Modi (on Mrs Shashi Tharoor): 'Have you seen a 50 crore girlfriend?' Actually, Mr Modi, we are still waiting to see your wife!
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) अक्टूबर 29, 2012
CHEAP comment by Modi on Shashi Tharoor's wife !!!! Strongly condemn such levels! Thats personal n beyond limits !!
— Dr Zishan Husain (@zishansays) अक्टूबर 29, 2012
Looks like Modi's Rs 50 crore girlfriend remark is retaliation for Shashi Tharoor's swipe at Modi's fake followers. Cheap statement.
— Shabana (@shabanais) अक्टूबर 29, 2012
Apart from the Tharoor comment, Modi also lashed out at the UPA government and took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by calling him 'Maun' (silent)mohan Singh.
"Yesterday, during his Himachal Pradesh visit, 'Maunmohan' Singh came, and the news today is that he broke his silence in Himachal!" thundered Modi to laughs and applause.
He went on to shower heavy criticism on the UPA government and the Congress party accusing it of stalling development in BJP run states, with a special word for Sonia Gandhi.
"Have PM, Sonia spoken about rise in prices? Have they promised to reduce price of commodities?" he asked the crowd during his speech.
Modi also took a dig at Robert Vadra. "My dear brothers, you should also be careful of sons-in-law. The entire institution of sons-in-law will soon be blacklisted," said Modi sarcastically reported Times of India.
Both the Congress and the BJP have been taking digs at each other as the Himachal elections draw closer.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi had started her poll campaign in Himachal Pradesh with a scathing attack on the BJP-led government and accused it of not making any efforts to take the benefits of Central schemes to the poor and needy in the state.
Holding his first election rally in Una town on Sunday Manmohan Singh had said the BJP government has not done much for the state, which shared a close link with the Nehru-Gandhi family.