In a stinging attack on Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only questioned the patriotism of the grand old party but also asked those who have a problem with patriotism to learn from a specific breed of dogs.

Addressing supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in poll-bound Karnataka’s Jamakhandi in Bagalkot district in north Karnataka, the PM, in a fiery charge, accused Congress leaders of “developing a fever” whenever patriotism comes into the picture.

“Some people have a problem with Vande Mataram and with feelings of patriotism,” Modi said, adding, “Today some Congress leaders develop a fever with the mention of patriotism.”

Without taking any names, PM Modi said, “Congress has fallen to such standards that its leaders stand with people who raise ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge’ slogans.”

The remark was a reference to the Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2016 following the alleged anti-India slogans controversy in the campus.

Modi, who was campaigning for the BJP in the state, then said that those who have a problem with patriotism should learn from Mudhol hounds – a breed of hunting dogs native to Mudhol taluk in Bagalkot district of Karnataka.

“Those who feel uneasy at the mention of patriotism, those who are averse to the talk about patriotism and those who see patriotism as a cause of trouble, I want to tell them if you don’t want to learn from others, please don’t – if not from your own ancestors, don’t, if not from Mahatma Gandhi’s Congress, don’t. But at least try to learn something from Bagalkot’s Mudhol dogs,” he said.

The PM then said that the hounds have been made part of battalion of the Indian Army and will now be used to effectively guard our borders.

“We have identified the patriotism of the Mudhol hounds,” said the PM.

At the public meeting, the PM also pointed out that a Congress leader had “asked for proof” of the surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army in September 2016 to avenge the Uri terror attack by Pakistani terrorists.