Hitting back at Narendra Modi for his attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Congress on Thursday said that he was indulging in "petty politics" and rejected as "tall talk" his challenge for a public debate.
"Prime Minister will come last. Let him debate with us first," Union Minister Salman Khurshid said here when asked about the Gujarat chief minister's challenge to the PM.
He said that Modi is "so restless to become something big in the country" that he forgets that this is a day when political differences are forgotten.
To a question about Modi comparing his speech with that of the Prime Minister, Khurshid said it was a case of "tall talk by a person with small stature (Chhota munh badi baat)".
"Petty politics must not be allowed...," he said to a question at to whether politics is taking over the Indo-Pak relationship.
Modi, in his Independence Day speech in Bhuj, had slammed the Prime Minister for India's "weak and feeble" response to provocations from Pakistan and China.
The war of words between Modi and Congress appeared to touch a new low with the Gujarat Chief Minister talking of a 'serial of Saas, Bahu and Damaad', an oblique reference to Robert Vadra's relationship with Sonia Gandhi and Khurshid wondering whether Modi was a "villain (Khalnayak)".
"And is he like Khalnayak? There was also that film named Khalnayak. Khalnayak serial is also running. Ask him about that," he said.
The minister was talking to reporters at the AICC headquarters after the Congress president hoisted the national flag.
"Nepotism used to be the core of corruption in olden days' TV serials...with passage of time it has changed. A new TV serial of Mama and Bhanja came in corruption and now its moving towards a serial of Saas, Bahu and Damaad," the Gujarat chief minister said.