New Delhi: Congress leader and Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor has hit back at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, after the latter had called the former’s wife a "50-crore-rupee girlfriend".
Tharoor Tuesday said his wife’s worth is a lot more than imaginary Rs 50 crore.
He posted a message on his Twitter account: “My wife is worth a lot more than your imaginary 50 crores. She is priceless. But you need2be able2love some1 2understand that (sic).”
Addressing a rally in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, Modi had on Monday took potshots at Tharoor's personal life, a day after he made a comeback in the Union Cabinet reshuffle.
"Wah kya girlfriend hai. Apne kabhi dekha hai 50 crore ka girlfriend?" (What a girlfriend? Have you ever seen a 50-crore girlfriend?), Modi said, in an apparent attack on Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar.
"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," the BJP leader had said in an apparent reference to Tharoor in the context of the IPL cricket controversy involving Pushkar in 2010 which led to his resignation as Minister of State for External Affairs minister.
Modi had, however, not taken any names.
"...And then girlfriend becomes wife, we learn some time later...the issues are still not settled and he (Tharoor) is now made a minister," the chief minister said.
(With PTI inputs)
First Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 14:17