New Delhi: Congress leader PL Punia on Thursday came under sharp criticism from the BJP for comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nathuram Godse.

Slamming Punia for his comments, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said repeated attempts by Congress leaders to attack PM Modi and likening him with Godse reveal lurking fear of the Congress that the prime minister has effectively invoked the true developmental spirit of Mahatma Gandhi.

“The Congress party and its dynasty had only stealthily usurped the Gandhi title but had over the decades systematically ignored his legacy and only perpetuated the Nehru family dynasty,” he said.

Another BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said PM Modi resides in the hearts of 130 crore Indians and by humiliating him the Congress is actually insulting all Indians.

He further added that the more the Congress abuse the prime minister, the more the people shower their love on him.

The development comes the Congress leader said PM Modi had bowed down and touched the steps of Parliament in 2014 the same way Godse did before assassinating Mahatma Gandhi.

“Prime Minister bowed and touched the Constitution with his forehead when elected for the second time in 2019 (Lok Sabha polls). He had bowed and touched the stairs of Parliament when he was elected as prime minister for the first time in 2014. This is their habit,” Punia said.

He added that Godse had also bowed and touched the feet of Gandhiji before shooting him.