Congress leader Rashid Alvi is in the centre of a new controversy for addressing Narendra Modi as the “Most stupid prime minister” a comment that has evoked a sharp response from the ruling BJP which has now demanded an unconditional apology from him. Senior Congress leader Rashid Alvi made controversial remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during India TV program ‘Samvaad’ which was organised on Monday to assess the performance of two years of Modi government.

It all started with Rashid Alvi asking HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who was also present, on what action was being initiated on Modi coming out as “most stupid Prime Minister” in Google search. This was offended to by the audience.

Responding to the remarks, Irani said, “In Congress, those who throw stones and spits at Narendra Modi will be blue-eyed. The poison against Narendra Modi has crossed the limits that people forget that he is country’s Prime Minister.”

“When Rashid bhai uses such words for the country’s Prime Minister, what kind of words does he use for a woman minister by saying that ‘it is heard that you are very close to Modi ji’. We have to live with this poison everyday and then you say why does Smriti Irani get angry,” she said.

Lashing out at the Congress, she said, “There is a cabal who have festered this democracy for too long. They have lived off the scraps of the dynasty and they have done this irrespective of the damage they do to institutions. Because their whole survival was never dependent on their talent, but it was dependent on their proximity.”

Smriti Irani also added, “By the example put forth by Alvi, neither Modi nor his supporters would be hurt, but the Congress leader has only lowered his own image by doing so.”

Earlier BJP leader and former JD(U) MP Sabir Ali too attacked Congress, saying it reflected the mindset of the oldest party of the country and its leaders who were unable to digest their defeat and that their regime and influence were gone.”

Rashid Alvi’s remark on Narendra Modi attracted many reaction from the audience and Smriti Irani.

Prasoon Joshi said Google provided information the way it was put forth before the search engine. “It is like an algorithm. Google always follows the pattern of your search. It is not a gospel, it is a pattern. It is an algorithm and should be read like that”.

Remember how the internet was on fire couple of months back, when a search for ‘Top 10 criminals in the world’ showed pictures of Narendra Modi along with criminals like Dawood Ibrahim and Al Capone. The Modi lovers were bound to be disturbed. The Right leaning denizens of the internet complained as an amused opposition watched. Things got escalated, ending into a formal apology by Google, Inc.

Rashid Alvi was quoting a similar search. A search for “World’s Most Stupid Prime Ministers” showed Narendra Modi along with other leaders like David Cameron, Tony Abbot and even former leaders like Lee Kuan Yew.

Google said “These results trouble us and are not reflective of the opinions of Google. Sometimes, the way images are described on the internet can yield surprising results to specific queries. We apologise for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused. We’re continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this.”

Rashid Alvi was later asked to take back his words and apologise.