New Delhi: In a staunch reply to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on his left-handed compliment on Twitter, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that the Modi government has dealt with the Rafale deal in the most transparent manner, keeping the nation’s interest on focus.

Gadkari’s remarks came hours after Rahul said that Gadkari is the only one in the BJP who has the guts, and asked him to comment on the Rafale deal, job crisis, “farmers distress and destruction of institutions”.

Hitting back at Rahul, the union minister said, “This is the success of Modi ji and our government that you have to find shoulders to attack. On the issue of Rafale, I avowedly say that our government has dealt in a very transparent manner while keeping in mind the country’s interest”, Nitin Gadkari said.

He also hit out at the erstwhile UPA government holding it responsible for the situation of farmers and said that the government is making honest efforts to improve it and is succeeding.

“Modi ji is making honest efforts to get the farmers out of the worst situation they were under the policies of former government and we have come a long way. Some people, including you, are not being able to bear the presence of Prime Minister, therefore so you dream of intolerance and attack on constitutional institutions,” he said.

“That’s the difference between the DNA of us and the Congress that we believe in democracy and constitutional institutions. Your tricks are not working. Modiji will again be elected as the prime minister and we will take forward the nation will full strength. But, in future, I expect you to behave wisely and responsibly,” Gadkari added.

The Congress chief’s comments praising Gadkari came in the wake of various other Congress leaders lauding the Union minister for his recent statements they view as a swipe at the BJP leadership.

The Congress president cited a report quoting Gadkari as saying that party workers should first fulfil their domestic responsibilities as “those who cannot do that cannot manage the country”.

“Gadkari Ji, compliments. You are the only one in the BJP with some guts. Please also comment on: The Rafale scam and Anil Ambani, farmers’ distress and destruction of institutions,” Gandhi tweeted and tagged with it the report on Gadkari’s comments.

“Oops, Gadkari Ji. Huge apology. I forgot the most important one….JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!” he said later in a tweet.

The Union minister had made the remarks on Saturday while addressing former workers of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the BJP’s student wing, in Nagpur.

Gadkari took to Twitter to reply to the Congress chief.

“Rahul Gandhi ji, I do not need a certificate from you on my courage, but it is a matter of surprise that even after being the president of a national party you have to take the help of news twisted by the media to attack our government,” Gadkari tweeted.