Union commerce minister Anand Sharma hit out at Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi asking him to contest Lok Sabha polls from Bihar or Uttar Pradesh instead of advising Rahul Gandhi to go and fight polls from abroad.
"It is known that Modi does not get bias to travel to half of the world and if he thinks, he is so important, let him try to contest Lok Sabha polls from Bihar. Let's see how Nitish Kumar allows him to enter there," Sharma said while addressing media persons in Ahmedabad.
"Modi has apparently lost his mental balance so he is increasingly indulging in cheap rhetoric criticising Congress leaders and the UPA government," he added.
Sharma's stern reaction came following adverse remarks made by Modi on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi.
Modi had sarcastically said, "Rahul is an international leader who can contest polls from Italy also." Moreover, on the UPA's decision to permit FDI in retail Modi had reacted asking how many Italian businessmen will benefit from the centre's decision.
Without naming Sonia Gandhi, Modi has been raking up her foreign origin issue in his speeches during his Swamy Vivekanand Yatra, that he launched with an eye on the assembly polls due in December.
Sharma also slammed Modi for taking a u-turn on FDI issue during consultations with the states. BJP ruled Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh had supported the proposal of FDI in multi brand retail in the country.
"I am surprised that both the BJP ruled states, which are now opposing it, had supported in writing during the consultation process. I shall place the relevant documentary papers before the parliament provided it is allowed to function," he said, claiming that Chief Secretary of Gujarat had written to the secretary DIPP, Government of India supporting the FDI in multi brand.
Sharma also provided a detailed account of the schemes and funds Gujarat has received from the Centre.
According to him, poverty in Gujarat has increased during Modi's tenure. "As per 2001 census, Gujarat had 31.8% BPL population, which has gone up to 39.5 as per 2011 census."