"I am proud that I am a regional leader of Gujarat but Rahul is not only a national leader, he is an international leader and can contest polls from Italy also," Modi added while addressing a youth convention in Rajkot.
Modi’s remarks came after Gujarat leader of the opposition Shaktisinh Gohil recently said Modi and Rahul Gandhi could not be compared with each other. Gohil also said, "Modi is a power grabber while Rahul has preferred to work for people in the party rather than joining the UPA government."
Last week, Modi had reacted to the UPA government’s reform initiatives allowing FDI in multi-brand retail by asking, "How many businessmen from Italy will be benefited from the decision taken by the UPA?"
While launching the north Gujarat leg of his yatra from Ambaji on Monday, Modi said the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail would prove fatal for Indian retailers.