New Delhi: Days after Narendra Modi took potshots at his wife, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor today said he was "gratified" that a large number of people, including BJP leaders, "deplored" the Gujarat Chief Minister's conduct.

"When this little business (Modi's attack on his wife) happened, I was gratified by the enormous number...large number of BJP people including some former ministers reached out to me to say how much they regretted the deplorable conduct of one of their own, which they would not say publicly," Tharoor said.

Speaking at an election rally in Shimla last month, Modi had taken potshots at Tharoor's personal life, saying his wife Sunanda Pushkar was once his "Rs 50 crore girlfriend".

Modi had made the remarks a day after the Congress leader made a comeback in the Union Cabinet reshuffle as Minister of State for Human Resources Development.

"Wah kya girlfriend hai. Apne kabhi dekha hai 50 crore ka girlfriend?" (What a girlfriend?. Have you ever seen a 50-crore girlfriend), Modi had said at an election rally, in an apparent attack on Tharoor's wife.

Hitting at him over his remarks, the suave politician had tweeted "My wife is worth a lot more than your imaginary 50 crores. She is priceless. But you need2be able2love some1 2understand that."

(Agencies)

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