Following his fellow Congress colleagues, Chattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has slammed PM Modi for commenting against late PM Rajiv Gandhi, calling Modi 'mentally unbalanced'.
"Rajivji passed away many years ago and talking about him now during elections makes it clear that Narendra Modi has lost mental facilities and has started talking anything. He needs medical attention because he himself claims that he has a 3-4 hours sleep. Irregular sleep leads to mental instabilities. If someone is suffering sleeplessness for years, he will talk like this only. Such a person is not fit to be Prime Minister as this is dangerous for the country," said Baghel.
On Monday, PM Modi had issued a challenge to Congress and Rahul Gandhi to fight elections in Delhi, Punjab, and Bhopal in the name of former Rajiv Gandhi saying:
"From this stage, I challenge the entire Congress party and the 'naamdaar' family if they have the guts to fight the elections in the name of former Prime Minister against whom there are accusations of Bofors scams in the next two phases. Come on the field and fight the elections in his name and let's see how the game is fought. Delhi's elections is still waiting, let's fight the elections in Delhi and Punjab in the name of the former PM and on the issues of his respect. Let's fight the elections in the name of former PM in Bhopal where the gas tragedy took thousands of lives. What the PM did in Bhopal will come out in open. This is my challenge. If you have the guts, come on the crease. Don't try to run, this is a democracy. Fight the elections on the same agenda - how was the Prime Minister, what all he did. I challenge the Congress party to accept my challenge," while addressing a rally in Ghaibasa, Jharkhand.
Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Modi while addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh commented on Rajiv Gandhi while speaking about the corruption under the Congress governments.
"Your father was termed 'Mr. Clean' by his courtiers, but his life ended as 'Bhrashtachari No 1' (corrupt number 1). By hurling abuses, you cannot turn the 50 long years of Modi's Tapasya (struggle) into dust. By tarnishing my image and by making me look small, these people want to form an unstable and a weak government in the country " PM Modi said.
Reacting to this jibe against his late father, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi made a remark saying that PM Modi's 'karma awaits him'. Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi said that 'the battle is over'. He added that revealing what he feels about his father will not protect him from the upcoming consequence.
Apart from Gandhi, many other Opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav, Shatrughan Sinha among a few have condemned the Prime Ministers remarks, while BJP leaders like Arun Jaitley, Subramanian Swamy have rushed to the defence of PM Modi.