New Delhi: Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani on Tuesday hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi after the latter passed a snide remark over Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was recently bestowed with the Philip Kotler Presidential award for leadership.

Taking a dig at the Congress president, the Union Minister claimed that unlike PM Modi, who was awarded by someone else, Rahul Gandhi’s family members had conferred awards on themselves. “Rich !!! Coming from a person whose illustrious family decided to confer the ‘Bharat Ratna’ on themselves,” she tweeted, mocking Gandhi’s remark.

Irani’s remark comes hours after Gandhi said that he wants to “congratulate” PM Modi on winning “the world famous” prize that has no jury.

“I want to congratulate our PM, on winning the world famous “Kotler Presidential Award”! In fact it’s so famous it has no jury, has never been given out before & is backed by an unheard of Aligarh company. Event Partners: Patanjali & Republic TV,” Gandhi had tweeted.

Meanwhile, internationally acclaimed economist Prof Philip Kotler hailed PM Modi for advancing the common good in India. “Prime Minister Modi is doing his best to advance the common good in India,” said Prof Kotler, while expressing his delight on the presentation of first Philip Kotler Presidential award to PM Modi.

Prof Kotler, in a mail, addressed to Dr Jagdish Seth on Tuesday whom he had deputed to confer the award on PM Modi, said: “I can’t find the words to express how wonderful you have been making it possible to give the Kotler Award to Prime Minister Modi for his public leadership.”

“It looks like the event went well. I am only saddened that I couldn’t be there. My letter hopefully expressed with deep admiration of Prime Minister Modi and his accomplishments,” said Prof Kotler.

PM Modi received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award in Delhi on Monday, January 14. The award focuses on the triple-bottom-line of ”people, profit and planet”. It will be offered annually to the leader of a nation, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

According to the citation of the award, Modi was selected for his “outstanding leadership for the nation”.

“His selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy has resulted in extraordinary economic, social and technological advances in the country,” it read.

The citation also mentions: “His visionary leadership has also resulted in the Digital Revolution (Digital India), including the Unique Identification Number, Aadhaar, for social benefits and financial inclusion. It is enabling entrepreneurship, ease of doing business, and creating a 21st-century infrastructure for India.”