Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, at an event in Jammu on Sunday, praised Narendra Modi and said that despite becoming the Prime Minister still proudly calls himself a "chaiwala."
Addressing members of the Gujjar community, Azad said, "People must learn from Narendra Modi, who despite becoming the Prime Minister, hasn't forgotten his roots. He proudly calls himself a 'chai-wala'. Though I have serious political differences with Narendra Modi, the PM is a very grounded person." The remarks come days after Modi bid a tearful farewell to Azad, whose term as leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha ended earlier this month.
On the other hand, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched tirade against the Prime Minister over issues including the Sino-India standoff at a rally in Tamil Nadu.
Rahul attacked Modi, BJP and the RSS on a number of issues and charged the PM with seeking to "remote control" Tamil Nadu through Chief Minister K Palaniswami. He also tagged himself as an ''honest'' man and therefore said that Modi "cannot control me" but was being targeted by him.
At public interactions and meetings in Tuticorin and Tirunelvei districts, he missed no chance to take a swipe at Modi and also hit out at the ''corrupt'' ruling AIADMK.