New Delhi: “People who look in the mirror ten times a day hope to become the Prime Minister but cannot even win Assembly constituencies in their Lok Sabha seat,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday as he took a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi. (Also read: ‘Judiciary in Crisis But PM Silent,’ Says Ashok Gehlot)

“Like a child making excuses for her poor performance in exams,” the Congress-led opposition was talking ill of the EVMs after realising the “trend” of three rounds of voting in the general election, he said.

Meanwhile, the Opposition stepped up its attack and called Prime Minister a ‘Prachar Mantri’. At an election meeting in Hardoi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said, “The nation needs a ‘pradhan mantri’ (prime minister) and not a ‘prachar mantri’ (publicity minister).”

In Banda, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called the prime minister ‘Pradhan Prachar Mantri’ (chief publicity minister). “Water from tankers were being used to clean roads to welcome our ‘pradhan prachar mantri’ (chief publicity minister),” she alleged.

In Jharkhand, PM Modi had attacked Rahul who is contesting from Kerala’s Wayanad as well. “People who look at a mirror ten times a day and daydream about becoming the prime minister… it’s ridiculous they cannot even win the Assembly constituencies in their Lok Sabha seat.”

In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, the BJP had won four of the five seats under Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, while the fifth had gone to the Samajwadi Party.

Slamming the opposition for raising the EVM issue, PM Modi said “After the trends of three phases of polling, the Opposition has come to know which way the wind is blowing. They have been abusing me. Now they are abusing EVM and are angry with the machine. What can the EVM do?” he said.

At a press meet a day ago, leaders of several major Opposition parties had questioned the credibility of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and renewed their demand that 50 per cent of the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips be matched with the EVM results.