Hitting back at BJP's PM candidate, Congress recently claimed that if Rahul Gandhi is 'shehzada', then Uddhav Thackeray and Sukhbir Singh Badal too are "shehzadas".
Turning to micro-blogging site Twitter, Congress leader and Minister of State for Home RPN Singh tweeted, "In NDA meets, joint rallies, does the BJP refer to Sukhbirji and Uddhavji as 'Shehzade'? Lets not reduce our pol (sic) discourse to hypocrisies."
Singh's statement against the leaders was a direct attack on Modi who , during his recent poll campaigns in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, called Rahul Gandhi "shehzada". The controversial term, which recently hit the political parties of the country, is the Hindi word for "prince".
Stop practising dynastic politics and I will stop using the word 'shehzada'
The Gujarat CM recently reiterated that Congress is "family first party" and asserted, "Stop practising dynastic politics and I will stop using the word 'shehzada'."
Both Uddhav and Badal's parties are two strong allies of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). While the former is carrying the legacy of his father Bal Thackeray, the latter, who is the son of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, is president of the Shiromani Akali Dal as well as his father's deputy in the state government.