Adding a twist to the war of words between Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar and Narendra Modi, the Gujarat Chief Minister on Monday said the former had insulted Mahatma Gandhi by equating him (Modi) with the Father of the Nation.
"Modi is a 'bachcha' (boy). Pawar has insulted Gandhiji by comparing me with him," the chief minister said at a public rally in Thane on Monday night.
Pawar had Sunday lambasted Modi saying "people of Maharashtra want Gandhiji's and not Modi's Gujarat."
"Gujarat is Maharashtra's small brother. We changed everything and put our state on path of progress. Why couldn't you in Maharashtra do it," Modi said.
Stating that the agricultural growth rate of Gujarat in the last five years has been 14 per cent, he said the country's farm sector, during Pawar's tenure as agriculture minister had gone downhill.