Speaking about Modi's past, Agarwal said, "Narendra Modi wants to become a PM. Someone rising from a tea shop can never have a national perspective. Like, if you make a 'sipahi' (constable) as 'kaptan' (Superintendent of Police) he can never have SP's approach but will have that of a constable."
He also compared Modi with a "madari (street performer)" while speaking about the huge crowd that gather to see Modi speaking at his election campaign rallies. Agarwal said, "As far as crowd is concerned, a 'madari' also gathers it."
Someone rising from a tea shop can never have a national perspective
At his rallies, Modi often refers to his own socio-economic background and humble origins while targeting the Gandhi-Nehru family, saying people who are ruling at the Centre "don't know what poverty is all about, but I know it."
"I was born in a poor family, and have seen and lived in poverty. I have sold tea at the railway station and in running trains... those selling tea in trains know more about railways than the minister," the Gujarat Chief Minister said at a recent rally in Patna.
When he was six years old, Modi helped his father sell tea to passengers whenever an odd train came into the small Vadnagar station in Gujarat, according to a book titled "The anatomy of Narendra Modi--the man and his politics" authored by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay.
Agarwal last month also courted controversy after he compared the BJP to a 'widow' and had said that Modi's thoughts were like a CM and not a PM.
"There is a saying in my village that if you ask a widow's blessings, she will ask you to become like her. The BJP too is asking everyone to become like them. Mr Modi's thoughts are limited as he is a CM of small state," Agarwal had said. The BJP had slammed Mr Agarwal for these comments calling it highly derogatory.
(With PTI inputs)