Newly appointed Minister of State for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday rebuked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its continued assault on him, taking on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi via Twitter.
"Better to be a Minister of Love than Chief Minister of Hate!" Tharoor, wrote, attacking Modi's history of having presided over one of the worst religious riots in India's history.
The snub was in response to the BJP's statement that a "Ministry of Love Affairs" should be created for Tharoor for tweeting that his wife is ´priceless´.
Meanwhile Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar on Wednesday also gave a strong rebuttal to Modi for making comments against her and said women of his state should not vote for the right wing leader.
"Women of Gujarat should not vote for Narendra Modi," Pushkar told NDTV.
Reacting to the ´Rs 50-crore girlfriend´ remark, she said: "What is 50 crores? I don´t know how to count. I have shown records to Enforcement Directorate and it´s all clear."
Meanwhile, the BJP said Ministry of Love Affairs should be created for Tharoor for tweeting that his wife is ´priceless´.
Reacting to that, Pushkar said: "Shashi and I show our love with PDA (public displays of affection). All young ministers do that. Everyone does it."
BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday said: "I am very much impressed by the answer he gave. Specially, I was impressed when he said that you need to be able to love someone to understand that. I feel that a Ministry of Love Affairs should be created for such an international love guru."
"The nation should learn from his wisdom," he said.
Tharoor and Modi exchanged barbs when Minister of State for Human Resources Development gave a bitter reply to the Gujarat Chief Minister and said his wife Sunanda ´is priceless´.
"My wife is a lot more than your imaginary Rs 50 crore. She is priceless. But you need to be able to love someone to understand that," Tharoor tweeted.
Modi on Monday taunted Tharoor on the Indian Premier League (IPL) controversy in 2010 that involved him and his wife Sunanda.
"What a girlfriend. Have you ever seen a 50-crore girlfriend," Modi said while addressing a rally in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh.
"There was a Congress leader who was a minister. He was accused of amassing wealth from cricket. He had said in Parliament that he is not connected to the Rs. 50 crore in the lady´s name," Modi said.
"Then girlfriend becomes wife. The issues are still not settled and he is now made a minister," the BJP leader said.
The IPL controversy had forced Tharoor to resign as Minister of State for External Affairs.
Tharoor made a comeback into the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Cabinet as an Minister of State for Human Resources Development after Sunday´s reshuffle.