New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attacked the Congress and challenged the grand old party to appoint someone from outside the Gandhi family as its chief. Addressing a rally in Ambikapur ahead of the second phase of polling in Chhattisgarh on November 20, PM Modi said, “I want to challenge them, let some good leader of Congress outside of the family become the party president for five years, then I will say that Nehru ji really created a truly democratic system there.”

Taking a dig at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor over his ‘chaiwala’ remark, PM Modi said, “These people still have not come to terms that I am the PM, it has been nearly four and a half years. They are still crying, how can a ‘chaiwala’ become PM? Now they say a ‘chaiwala’ became the PM because of one great person.”

Tharoor, on Wednesday, raised a furore after he said that it was because of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru that a ‘chaiwala’ could be the PM.

Targeting the Congress, PM Modi further said that the party was having a sleepless night because they were wondering how a ‘chaiwala’ had usurped their position?

PM Modi further said, “Atal ji created Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It was a peaceful division and both the states are developing rapidly today. But just look at what the mess Congress created at the time of formation of Telangana.”

On demonetisation, PM Modi said that no one was criticizing note ban except one family (Congress). Appreciating the people of Bastar for voting in huge numbers, he said, “Shouldn’t people of Bastar be appreciated for such high voting percentages? I will tell you a way to appreciate them, on November 20 you register even higher voting percentage than Bastar.”

It is to be noted here that the first phase of assembly polls was held on November 12. The remaining 72 constituencies will go to polls on November 20 and counting of votes will be held on December 11. A total of 1,291 candidates are in the fray for the two-phased state polls.