New Delhi, December 27: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a Santa for new India who brings good news for the people.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is new Santa for new India, bringing good news for new India. In the last three and a half years, the prime minister has only worked hard for the nation and its people,” Kumar said outside Parliament.

The remarks came a day after senior Congress leader Manish Tewari took a swipe at Modi by likening him to Santa and said he has taken away all the money and left people only with socks. “All over the world at this time an old man with a white beard creeps in your house through chimney and puts money in your socks. In India an old man with a white beard crept into your house through TV removed money from your pockets,cupboards,lockers& left you only in your socks,” Tewari had tweeted.

The Congress has been attacking the government over the issue of demonetisation in which old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were declared as illegal tender and the hurried implementation of the Goods and Service Tax.