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A day after he lashed out at the Prime Minister, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) poll panel chief Narendra Modi was on Friday at the receiving end with Congress leaders dubbing him a "national embarrassment" and a proverbial frog just out of the well, groping for a right place.
"Modi may be an asset to the BJP but he is a national embarrassment. I can say this without any hesitation. He is boastful and makes tall claims about the development model of Gujarat," Union Minister Anand Sharma told reporters.
In Dehradun, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Modi was like a frog. "What should I say about Modi? He is like a frog just out of the well and at a loss to find the right place for himself in the big wide world," he said in response to a question.
Ridiculing Gujarat strongman and BJP's election campaign committee chief for challenging Singh for a public debate, Khurshid said Modi was quite keen that Congress accepts him as a challenge.
"We are fighting the election against the BJP. First he (Modi) should get hold over the BJP. Thereafter we will see, whether he is a challenge or not. Right now he is not being able to convince BJP itself," he said.
Hitting back at Modi, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh accused him of "crossing all limits in over-ambition" by his no-holds bar attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Latching on to L K Advani's apparent disapproval of Modi's attack on the Prime Minister in Bhuj on Thursday, Digvijay took potshots at Modi for his "abrasive hunger for power which has no limits".