New Delhi: Hours after Narendra Modi attacked Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia for criticising demonetisation, the Congress chief hit back at the Prime Minister and called him a thief. He also took jibe at PM Modi for his claims that demonetisation led to crackdown on shell firms saying,”The only shell companies identified after “the great demonetisation tragedy” belonged to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Reliance Group chairperson Anil Ambani. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Takes Dig at BJP For Free Vaccine Poll Promise, Shashi Tharoor Calls it Appalling

“The PM’s latest Demonetisation barf is, “Shell Firms”. Ironically, the only “Shell” firms identified after the great Demonetisation tragedy are: Jay Shah’s, Temple Enterprises, Piyush Goyal’s Flashnet, Anil Ambani’S, Reliance Airports. It takes a thief to know a thief,” Rahul tweeted. Also Read - Wear Masks, Maintain Social Distancing: Modi in Message to Bengal For Durga Puja Festivities | Highlights

Earlier in the day, PM Modi had launched a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia saying that the “mother and son” were questioning demonetisation while they were themselves out on bail.  “Mother and son out on bail questioning demonetisation, but forget it is due to demonetisation they had to seek bail,”PM Modi had said, while addressing a rally in Bijapur. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation

Notably, Modi’s remarks were an apparent reference to the bail granted by a Delhi court to Rahul and Sonia in December 2015 in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the National Herald case. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad disapproved of Modi’s bail remarks, saying the prime minister should not lower the dignity of his office.