statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 14 JUNE: The BJP, which has decided to go all out to project Mr Narendra Modi as its electoral face, today lashed out at the Congress following Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh’s remark that the Gujarat chief minister is "India’s first authentic fascist".
The BJP said the ruling party at the Centre and others are “unsettled” as they do not know how to tackle the Opposition challenge and Mr Modi.
Describing the Gujarat chief minister as “an icon of non-corruption and good governance”, BJP spokesperson Mr Prakash Javadekar said: “This is desperation and exasperation of the Congress, which is manifested on daily basis now. Sometimes they abuse Mr Modi, sometimes they call him names, sometimes they say he is fascist, whatever they say the reality is that they are
totally unsettled and they don’t know how to tackle this challenge posed by the BJP."
Mr Ramesh had yesterday conceded that the BJP leader posed a "challenge" for the Congress party in the coming elections. “He will certainly impose a challenge on us. He represents not just a managerial challenge. But he also represents an ideological challenge,” Mr Ramesh had said. 
BJP leaders Mr Javadekar, Mr Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Ms Nirmala Sitharaman in the last few days made it clear that Mr Modi is the most popular leader of the party, a stand echoed repeatedly by party chief Mr Rajnath Singh. 

The BJP said the ruling party at the Centre and others are “unsettled” as they do not know how to tackle the Opposition challenge and Mr Modi