Ahmedabad, Dec 10: Just a day ahead of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's visit to his state, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hurled counterattack on Sonia's political secretary Ahmed Patel. Reacting to Patel's "Sultan" remark, Modi on Sunday, Dec 9 hit back at him saying it is "dynasty that produces sultans".
Criticising Mr Patel, Modi said, "He called Modi a sultan!...but it is dynasty that produces sultans and you spent your life in the service of these sultans in New Delhi, hence you cannot think of any other word."
Modi's statement was a sharp attack on the Gandhi family, which has dominated Indian politics since independence.
Continuing his counterattack on Mr Patel, Modi also added, "We are here due to the support of people and Ahmed Miyan, if you understand democracy, the word sultan would never have come out."
Earlier Mr Patel had dubbed Modi as sultan by stating, "Mr Modi wants to rule Gujarat like a sultan of six crore people. People have to stop this sultan."
Mrs Gandhi's political secretary had also called the CM "most corrupt." Mr Patel had said, "He (Mr Modi) is saying that there is no corruption in Gujarat government. But it has been proved that he is the most corrupt person in Gujarat... If dogs from across the world are released, they would find Chief Minister's bungalow in Gandhinagar, a hub of corruption."
War of words has intensified ahead of Gujarat polls. The assembly poll will be held in two phases on Dec 13 and 17.
Mrs Gandhi will visit Gujarat on Monday, Dec 10. Her son and General Secretary of Congress Rahul Gandhi too will follow her steps and will make his appearance in the campaigning for this year's high-profile poll on Tuesday.