Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being the “most anti-national” and accused him of “dividing the nation”.

Reacting to PM Modi’s allegation of the Congress turning anti-national, Gandhi said his grand old party has an exceptional track record of fighting forces that attack the nation.

“Thousands of Congress workers have laid down their lives, fighting such forces. Today the most anti-national act is the act of Modi who is dividing the nation,” said Gandhi as he kicked off his day-long campaign in Kerala’s Kannur district.

“Crippling the agricultural system, leading to farmers suicide is another anti-national act of Modi. Youths losing their jobs is also another anti-national act. Modi has failed in all these and it’s time that he answers,” he told the media at a presser.

Gandhi said the three key issues ruling the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are the destruction of the Indian economy, personal corruption of PM Modi and the plight of the farmers.

“We are looking forward to forming the next government,” said Rahul Gandhi as he was about to leave when a few questions were hurled at him.

The Congress leader, taking them returned to his seat sporting a smile, and said: “How come the Prime Minister does not have the guts to face the Kerala, Odisha or the Delhi media?”

From Kannur, Gandhi will make a whirlwind visit to five assembly constituencies in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, from where he is contesting besides the party stronghold of Amethi.

Earlier on Tuesday, Gandhi had lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the PM has “failed” to fulfil the promises made during the past five years.

Urging the people of Kerala to vote for the Congress, Gandhi said if his party comes to power, it will not hike the income tax rates to fund the minimum income guarantee scheme ‘NYAY’.

He also visited the residence and family of departed Congress leader KM Mani.

Rahul Gandhi is on a two-day visit to the state.

(With inputs from IANS)