In an open challenge to the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday dared the grand old party to fight the elections in the name of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Doubling down his charges of corruption against Gandhi, PM Modi once again invoked the Bofors case. The PM also challenged Congress by reminding the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and Punjab after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

PM Modi further attacked the Congress over the infamous Bhopal gas tragedy alleging that Rajiv Gandhi helped flee Warren Anderson, the then head of Union Carbide.

The political slugfest over Rajiv Gandhi erupted after Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking a jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh on Saturday had said, “Your father was termed ‘Mr. Clean’ by his courtiers but his life ended as ‘bhrashtachari’ (corrupt) number 1,” while referring to allegations against the former PM in the Bofors scam.

His remark came following Gandhi’s incessant attacks on him regarding allegations of corruption in the Rafale jet deal.

Rahul Gandhi responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s criticism of his father with a “huge hug” and a reminder of “karma” in a tweet.

Gandhi’s sister and Rajiv Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, too, slammed the PM for the remarks.

The Congress leaders described PM Modi as a “sick man” and “psychopath” a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Rajiv Gandhi a “corrupt” politician.

Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991, had got a clean chit in the Bofors scam from the court. The court said there was no evidence that he accepted bribes.