New Delhi: Reacting to Amartya Sen's criticism of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Chandan Mitra said the Bharat Ratna honour should be taken back from the Nobel laureate by when National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will come to power.
"Amartya Sen says he doesn't want Modi to be India's PM. Is Sen even a voter in India? Next NDA government must strip him of Bharat Ratna," tweeted Mitra.
"Please Dr Sen, don't peddle your unsolicited comments on India. We now know you as a has-been economist who sells Congress line for a living," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Reacting to counter tweets, Mitra said: "Those who are upset with my suggestion about Sen and Bharat Ratna, can you show me examples of others who do party politics after getting BR."
"I repeat. Bharat Ratna is a jewel of whole country. No BR should speak for or against any party or leader. Sen shouldn't join Cong poll team," he said.
Backing Mitra's demand, Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy tweeted: "Good that BJP has now demanded the withdrawal of Bharat Ratna given to Sen."
"I had opposed his Bharat Ratna even at the time the NDA government had given him the Bharat Ratna. So I fully support Chandan Mitra's demand," he was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.
"If a scholar has consistently had an anti-India stance in his writing, then he will surely face flak for it. Now that he has the Bharat Ratna, he should be more careful and more responsible," Swamy said.
Stating his opinion against Modi, Sen had recently said that he would not like to see the BJP strongman as the Prime Minister of India.
He also did not approve the Gujarat's Chief Minister's model of governance.
"As an Indian citizen I don't want Modi as my PM, he has not done enough to make minorities feel safe," Sen told CNN-IBN.
Speaking on Modi's model of governance, he said: "Physical infrastructure in Gujarat may be good but Modi has not done enough for minorities or for the majority."
Modi was recently made the chief of the election campaign committee of the BJP for the 2014 general elections.