The word barbs being fired at the BJP’s PM candidate are getting stinkier each day, with Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan calling Narendra Modi an elder brother of a puppy, while BJP's Ramesh Bidhuri hoped that Modi will teach Pakistan and US a lesson.
"We don’t want your sympathy kutte ke bachche ka bada bhai Narendra Modi ji," said Khan at an election rally in Rampur on Tuesday. Khan said he did not want any regrets from either Modi or Rajnath Singh for failing to quell the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
BJP candidate from South Delhi Ramesh Bidhuri on Wednesday said that they must make Narendra Modi prime minister so that he can teach both Pakistan and the US "a lesson".
"Narendra Modi ka pradhan mantri banke aana bahut zaroori hai. PM banke woh na sirf Pakistan ko thhokega balki America ko bhi thhokega."
(It is very important that Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister. After he becomes PM, he will teach a lesson not only to Pakistan but also to the US)," Bidhuri said at an election meeting in Govindpuri, New Delhi.
Read: To hate or not to hate: When politics turns ugly
Anyone but Modi: India's Muslims fear the worst
Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma, who is prone to making controversial remarks, also joined the fray. He dubbed Modi as the "biggest goon" of the RSS. He called BJP chief Rajnath Singh Modi’s "slave".
"Modi could not have become PM candidate without Rajnath Singh’s nod. This proves Singh is not the president of the party but Modi’s slave (ghulam)," he said.
Meanwhile, the National Conference and the Congress opened their joint poll campaign in Kashmir on Wednesday with a Modi attack. NC patron and Union minister Farooq Abdullah called Modi "poison for the country".
Speaking on the occasion of the alliance candidate from South Kashmir, Mirza Mehboob Beig’s filing of nomination, Abdullah said, "Modi always has a hidden dagger... and he is all about lies. He says something when he means something else."
The BJP condemned the remarks as "abusive politics" and said the abuses would come back to haunt them. BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said that their parties are exposing their "desperation and frustration".
"Every accusation will come back with ferocity. We cannot continue abusive politics," he added. Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari said such statements were a result of Congress’ "frustration".
Full coverage: Lok Sabha Elections 2014