GUWAHATI, April 1 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi of insulting him during his visit to the State to campaign for BJP for the upcoming State Assembly polls and questioned his courage.
�Where did Modi get the courage to insult me in my own State, on my own land where I was born, did my studies and devoted 45 years of my life in the service of the people and the youth here?� Gogoi asked while talking to reporters here.
�He can criticise me, but not insult. He must have got the courage from (BJP chief ministerial candidate) Sarbananda Sonowal and (BJP leader) Himanta Biswa Sarma,� the Chief Minister asserted.
�Modi has become such a big dictator that he comes to Assam and insults me on my soil,� Gogoi claimed referring to a speech by Modi at an election campaign rally on Saturday.
Attacking Gogoi, who is seeking a fourth straight term as Chief Minister, Modi had said: �It is no longer Tarun Gogoi, but Tarun go, go�. Modi also said that Gogoi would be 90 years old in a few years and he had come to Assam to pay his respects to him.
Gogoi, who according to his poll affidavit is about 79 years, said disrespecting him amounted to disrespecting the people of Assam as they had elected him as their Chief Minister. � PTI