Ahmedabad/New Delhi: Congress was left red-faced with party MP from Maharashtra Vijay Darda describing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a "tiger" while praising his style of functioning.

"Modi's commitment and dedication towards work bears resemblance to that of a tiger," Darda, who shared dais with Modi at an award ceremony in Ahmedabad, said.

In Delhi, Congress was guarded in its response. "Let us ascertain the facts from the in-charge of the party affairs in the state. Only then it could be seen what could be done," AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said on being asked whether Darda could face action.

Senior Congress leader Mohan Prakash is in-charge of party affairs in Maharashtra as well as Gujarat.

Modi used the occasion to take a dig at the Congress saying that Darda may have to pay a price for his comments.

"It won't be surprising to read tomorrow's breaking news that Darda has been served a show-cause notice from the party high command for praising Modi," he said.

Darda clarifies his remarks

Later, Darda downplayed his remarks. "I was just expressing my heart-felt feelings at a religious function," he said.

"In our culture, we always speak good about the host and this is a religious function, so none of my comments should be misconstrued as political remarks," he said.

Darda conferred with 'Tarun Kranti Award'

Darda, who is the editor-in-chief of a media house, was given the 'Tarun Kranti Award' at the event for his services rendered to the society through the media.

The other two recipients of the award for social service were yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Jain International Trade Organisation.


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