New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Labour Minister Swamy Prasad Maurya on Friday called Congress President Rahul Gandhi mad man for attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He even said that Gandhi doesn’t deserve to lead India’s political party. Also Read - Assam Police Arrests Opposition MLA Over 'Objectionable' Remarks on COVID-19 Quarantine Camps

Maurya said, “Rahul Gandhi has been continuously calling the Prime Minister a thief. Look at the decency of Modi that he is not (even) responding.” Also Read - 'Lifesaving Medicines Should be Made Available to Indians First', Says Rahul Gandhi After Govt Approves HCQ Export

Congress president Rahul Gandhi had said that it is a shame that for the first time in Indian history an ex-French President is calling our PM a thief. He asked PM Modi to clarify his stand as it is the question of the dignity of the PM’s office. Also Read - Crackers Are Passe, This BJP Leader Fired Shots in Air to Fulfil PM Modi's '9 Baje 9 Minute' Request, Booked

Talking to reporters, Maurya also said, “It is a matter of great shame that the Congress leader is mouthing such (abusive) language for the country’s Prime Minister.”

The Minister also said that the vicious Congress campaign on the Rafale deal will not cut into BJP victory prospects in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Gandhi’s statement came after former French president Francois Hollande claimed that the Indian government had suggested Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as the offset partner in the Rafale deal. He had also said that the French government and Dassault Aviation had no involvement in the choice of Indian industrial partners in the multi-million dollar jet contract.

With the ongoing chaos over the Rafale deal, several politicians too stepped up and said that truth regarding the multi-million dollar deal should come out.

The Rafale controversy took a new turn last week after Francois Hollande, who was French president when the Rs 58,000 crore deal was announced, was quoted as saying by French publication Mediapart that France was given “no choice” on selection of the Indian partner for Dassault and the Indian government proposed the name of Reliance as offset partner for the French aerospace giant.