Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma, who has been censured by the EC for his insulting remarks against Narendra Modi, has stoked fresh controversy by calling the BJP's PM candidate a "monster".
"A person, who discriminates between Hindu and Muslim in this country and create hatred between them, is not a human being, but a monster," the Congress leader said addressing an election rally in Maskanwa town last night.
"Modi must tell whether he is a human being or not. On the massacre of the people in Gujarat you (Modi) say that it's a reaction. You tease Muslims by stating that even if a puppy comes under your vehicle you feel sad," he said.
The EC had two days ago censured Beni for "insulting" remarks against Modi and warned that further violation could result in his campaign activity being banned.
Beni said a person like Modi was an "enemy" of the country and democracy.
"If such a person comes to power then self respect of 85 per cent downtrodden people of the country will end and dominance of handful persons will prevail in the society," he alleged.
The minister said Modi talks of Congress-free India but "even Britishers could not remove Congress, how will BJP do that?"
Beni said the Congress was the party of the entire nation, whereas the BJP was the party of only one-fourth of the country.
The union steel minister also took a dig at the Gujarat CM's educational qualifications, saying, "I am a law graduate from Lucknow University and Modi ran away from his house at the age of 18 to sell tea. His degree is fake. How is he going to compete with an educated person."
On being asked about Baba Ramdev's comments against the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Beni said the yoga guru had gone "mad" and he won't comment on him.
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