Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday took a pot shot at former party colleague and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia over his statement that the "tiger is still alive".
Scindia, who had joined the BJP in March along with 22 MLAs, of which several were sworn in into Shivraj Singh's cabinet on Thursday, said he wanted to tell Congress leaders that "Tiger abhi zinda hai".
Referring to the remark, Nath mocked Scindia and asked, "Which tiger is alive, paper tiger or a circus one?"
"Our country has different types horse. There are ones who are decked up and dance in marriages and there are also horses who compete in races," added the MPCC chief.
Fellow Congressmen, including Umang Shankar and Chaudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi, also mounted attacks on the Gwalior royal family scion.
Nath also took digs at Chouhan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"I am neither a maharaja nor a 'Mama'," he said.
Scindia, who belongs to a former royal family, is sometimes called 'Maharaja' in state politics, while Chouhan's popular nickname is 'Mama' (uncle).
"I have not even sold tea, I am just Kamal Nath," he said in a jibe at Modi.
"Some people say they are tigers. I am not even a tiger, but I am also not a paper tiger. Now the people of the state will decide who is who," the Congress veteran added.
"Wherever Chouhan goes, he makes tall announcements... He will say we have given this much money to labourers, but during lockdown all of us have seen that they are just wandering here and there. None of them have got any money," Nath said.
Commenting earlier on reports of resentment within the BJP over the expansion of the Chouhan cabinet, Nath said it was the BJP's internal matter. The state government is a "government of bargain and the ministry of bargaining", he added.
"Out of 33 ministers, 14 are not MLAs. Is it bargaining or not? They are bringing disrespect to Madhya Pradesh and its people in the entire country....We are feeling ashamed of the kind of politics that is going on in Madhya Pradesh," he said.
"This kind of politics never took place in the state before," the former chief minister added.
Nath visited Ratlam on Friday to unveil a statue of late social worker Prabhudayal Gehlot. "He always worked for protecting values. His work is still an example for all," Nath said.
With PTI inputs