"Modi says Congress sows and spews poison. But everyone is aware of who sows and spread poison," Verma said, referring to Modi's comments at a rally in Meerut on Sunday. (Agencies)
Modi had accused the Congress of putting one religion against another, one caste against another and one state against another.
His counter-attack came a day after Sonia Gandhi, at a rally in Karnataka, accused Modi and BJP of indulging in divisive politics by "sowing seeds of poison" (zeher ki kheti) and instigating violence in their "hunger" for power.
"India is a developing country and for its economic development, it is essential that social harmony is maintained, for which Modi would have to be kept away from power," Verma told reporters here.
Responding to questions on Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav giving him a challenge in his parliamentary constituency Gonda by organising a rally there, Verma said he never considers SP a challenge and asserted that he will contest from Gonda only.
Taking a dig at Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan, who reportedly directed policemen to go after buffaloes that went missing from his farm, Verma said several lives were lost in Muzaffarnagar, people are killed in the state daily, but no one has been sent.
"This is most disappointing," he said.
Commenting on AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal naming Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the list of corrupt leaders, he shot back, saying, "...every thief brands the other a thief."
"Modi says Congress sows and spews poison. But everyone is aware of who sows and spread poison," Verma said, referring to Modi's comments at a rally in Meerut on Sunday.