Union minister Kiren Rijiju mocked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday for stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "terrified" of him being allowed to speak inside Lok Sabha, terming the remark as the "biggest joke" of the year.
Talking to reporters outside Parliament, the minister of state for home affairs said it is the Congress party which is very scared as it has to defend utterances of its vice-president.
"Everybody feels that it is the biggest joke of the year that Rahul Gandhi says Narendra Modi is scared of his oratory skill. If he speaks will there be an earthquake or the balloon will burst.
"I don't think anyone takes comments he makes seriously. Congress itself is very scared of when Rahul Gandhi speaks as the party has to defend his words.
That's the level of threat he poses to his own party," Rijiju said.
Earlier, talking to the media, Rahul had claimed Modi is "personally terrified" of him being allowed to speak inside Lok Sabha because he has information that will "explode" the Prime Minister's balloon.