Congress veteran leader Ahmed Patel on Wednesday said it was “unbecoming” of a head of the Gujarat government to “stoop this low” for linking him with a suspected Islamic State operative.

While launched an attack on BJP and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at a public rally in Gujarat, which was later addressed by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Patel said that “It was unbecoming of a Chief Minister to stoop so low” to cast such baseless aspersions on him.

Referring to assassinations of former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, Patel said “Congress leaders have suffered the most because of terrorism.” and added that, “We don’t need lessons in nationalism from the BJP. They should look into themselves.”

Earlier in October, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had demanded resignation of Congress leader Ahmed Patel from the Rajya Sabha, alleging his possible links to a suspected terrorist, Mohammed Qasim Stimberwala, who was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad from Surat.

Stimberwala had resigned recently as an eco-cardiogram technician in the Sardar Patel Hospital and Heart Institute in Ankleshwar, which Patel had helped grow into a modern facility.

Patel was one of the trustees during the hospital’s formative years as a modern hospital and the only one in the entire Bharuch district with latest equipment and technology with facilities for heart surgery. He had resigned as a trustee in 2014 facilitating a new board of trustees to take over the facility.

On the accusations levelled against him Patel said, “I conducted a research. He worked in hospitals instituted by BJP leaders. Care Hospital where he (the ISIS suspect) worked was inaugurated by the Prime Minister.”