Taking a jibe at Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal, Afzal said, "Any citizen of India can become prime minister if he or she is eligible. No one has the right to question that on the premise that a person had once sold tea or did some small job."
"To condemn someone on this premise is not right. Such language should not be used. It amounts to hurting the poor," added Afzal.
Any citizen of India can become prime minister if he or she is eligible
Naresh Agarwal created a controversy while criticising Modi saying, "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."
However, Afzal did not take Modi's criticism for Mrs Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi lightly. He called Modi a "sick beast'. Turning up to the micro-blogging site Twitter, Afzal tweeted, "Only a beast in the disguise of a human can taunt over somebody's illness. It is evident that he is mentally sick."
Afzal's criticism surfaced just hours after Modi's statement in which he taunted Congress President and her son Rahul Gandhi during an election campaign in Chhattisgarh.
The PM candidate of BJP attended election campaign in the poll-bound state on Thursday, Nov 14. Addressing a rally, the Gujarat CM asked Mrs Gandhi to hand over her responsibilities to her son as she is "sick".
Party members of Sonia Gandhi, who visits abroad frequently over her reported "illness", did not take Modi's criticism lightly. He was quoted as saying, "Madam, you are ill. Let the shehzada take over".