Ramesh on Thursday, Oct 24 said, "I think ultimately this great obsession to have yourself declared as the prime ministerial candidate comes from a deep -rooted insecurity complex."
The Union Minister did not take Modi's name. However, it was quiet clear that his criticism was direct at Modi. Jairam's statement surfaced at a time when the country was talking about an invitation which was sent from Modi to the Congress minister.
Jairam, the Rural Development Minister, has been invited to attend the 'bhoomipujan' or the traditional groundbreaking ceremony for the proposed giant statue of freedom fighter and iconic leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Oct 31 in Kevadia colony in the Narmad district of south Gujarat.
In his letter, Mr Modi writes, "It is our belief that the monument will become an important cornerstone in the cultural and social life of our great nation."
Modi's letter to the minister opens with "My dear Jairam Ji" and ends with "warm personal regards." Earlier Jairam had slammed Modi saying that Modi signalled delayed "enlightenment" in his comment that it's more important to build toilets than temples.
Jairam had been attacked by the BJP when he made a similar statement last year. The minister had referred to Modi as 'Bhasmasur', a mythological character who tried to destroy his creator.
Jairam was referring to the fraught relationship that the chief minister shares with his one-time mentor, BJP leader LK Advani, who stridently opposed the party's decision to pick Mr Modi as its choice for prime minister.