Reacting to BJP President Amit Shah's remark that Prime Minister Narendra Modi works for 21 hours a day, Congress on Monday said "there is a limit to sycophancy".
"We have the right and duty to criticise the Prime Minister because we are in the opposition. Amit Shah is an acolyte of Naredra Modi and an ardent follower. I have no objection to that," said senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma.
"The point is if he works for 21 hours a day, then it should have reflected in the government's works in the past 34 months," Sharma said.
"He also takes time to change his dress, to travel and to eat. If he is saying that the PM hasn't slept for the past 34 months, then it is very difficult to understand. There is a limit to sycophancy. There is also a limit to assume that people are fools. This is just a joke," he added.
On a question that BJP demanded President's rule in Kerala following the molestation of an actress, Sharma said: "Then President's rule should have been imposed multiple times in Gujarat for the atrocities against women, for the atrocities against Dalit, literally lynching of people."
"This matter should not be trivialised for political agenda. Its a larger question, its a shocking and condemnable thing," the spokesperson said.
"The Union and the state government have to ensure that the dignity of the women is upheld and their safety is ensured. Stringent and deterrent action must be taken against those who outrage the modesty or harass women in any manner," he said.