Continuing the trend of abuse prevalent among all leaders in this Lok Sabha campaign, Congress Leader Hardik Patel, on Friday, called PM Modi a 'Yamraj (God of death)' while addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh.
"This land is the land of farmers and labourers. Why are you all sitting so quietly? Like some Yamraj has come amidst you all. There is one 'Yamraj' who is sitting in Delhi, I know that. But he is not here right now," he said.
Earlier during the third phase of polls on April 23, Patel had stirred a controversy saying that he will go to Nepal if he wants to find "Chowkidar (security guards) while targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the "Chowkidar" narrative.
"If I want to find Chowkidar, I will go to Nepal. I want a Prime Minister for the country who can provide a strong economy, youth, education, and forces. I don't want a Chowkidar, I want a Prime Minister."
While he has verbally abused the Prime Minister many times, he himself was on the receiving end of abuse when he was slapped while addressing his Jan Akrosh Sabha at Surendranagar in Gujarat on April 19.
In the video of the incident that has been accessed by Republic TV, the Patidar leader can be seen addressing the rally from on top of a stage, with other leaders seated behind him. As Hardik Patel was thanking the audience for coming to his rally and bestowing blessing upon him, a man walks up to him from his right with a paper in his hand and attacked him before he had a chance to move away. While hitting Patel, the attacked also shouted a verbal attack which was partially caught on the mic.
Following the attack, Hardik Patel's team has accused the BJP of wanting to cause him grievous harm and claimed that the attack was related to this.
Prior to this incident, Patel had joined the Congress just weeks before the Lok Sabha polls began, finally putting the 3-year-long speculation over his political affiliation to rest.
However, his own poll plans were scuppered after the Gujarat High Court refused to stay his conviction in a 2015 rioting case rendering him ineligible. He has subsequently been campaigning for his party.
Polls in Madhya Pradesh will be conducted in the next phase on May 12, where Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh will contest from the Bhopal constituency of Madhya Pradesh against BJP's Sadhvi Pragya who is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts.