"The stature and work of Shri Narender Modi can only be compared with Sardar Patel," Chouhan tweeted.

Narendra Modi was recently anointed as the BJP's national election campaign chief.

Addressing a rally in Hyderabad, Modi praised Chauhan for the kind of developmental work being undertaken in BJP-ruled Mahdya Pradesh. "Go to Madhya Pradesh and see the developmental programme for the girl child," he said.

Senior BJP leader LK Advani had also praised Modi and Chouhan in the same breath saying the two Chief Ministers have provided good governance in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

The BJP stalwart had said that states where BJP was in power, be it the Narendra Modi-led government in Gujarat or Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh--were doing good. He said the party will go the people in the coming Lok Sabha polls on the plank of good governance.

Meanwhile, taking strong exception to the comparison made by Chouhan between Modi and Sardar Patel, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is a severe disrespect to the freedom fighter. "If anyone compares Narendra Modi to Sardar Patel, I believe it is disrespect to Sardar Patel. Sardar Patel spent his life in jails for the independence of this country," Alvi said.

"Sardar Patel was not merely a Minister, he was not merely the Deputy Prime Minister, he was a big freedom fighter. This kind of comparison is extremely unfortunate," he added.


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