Incensed at the attack by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who called Jaiswal a “ghotalebaaz (scamster)”, the minister said such irresponsible statements did not suit senior leaders like Joshi.

“If such senior leaders speak in this language, they should back it up with proof or else should quit active politics," Jaiswal said.

During his maiden visit to the Uttar Pradesh industrial city on Friday after being named the candidate, Joshi, who has vacated the Varanasi seat for party's prime ministerial Narendra Modi, had accused Jaiswal of presiding over the multi-crore coal scam.

Joshi meanwhile has also been served a notice for violating the model code of conduct for holding unscheduled roadside meetings.

(Agencies)

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