Modi, who was here to commemorate the birth centenary of late leader Girdhari Lal Dogra, hailed him for the selfless contribution to the society without indulging in nepotism.

The Prime Minister said that there is no question of political untouchability and everyone who has worked for the nation, has to be respected. “The example is the sons in law he chose”, the Prime Minister said in a lighter vein in an obvious reference to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, son-in-law of the late politician.

Modi’s comments assume significance as ever since he became the Prime Minister in June previous year, he has been accused by Congress of trying to “usurp” the legacy of its national icons like Sardar Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri, B R Ambedkar and Subhash Chandra Bose. The Congressmen in the gathering saw it as an attack on “party president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra”. Junior minister at the PMO Jitendra Singh, governor NN Vohra, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Karan Singh went to the system sorted out by the Gridhari Lal Dogra Trust.

“I will not give a rating of more than two and a half star to Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. “The way Jammu and Kashmir joined with India, I dream of connecting the three regions of the state in much the same way so that it reaps the fruits of inclusive development”, the chief minister said.

“There should not be political untouchability”. Modi said both Dogra and Jaitley took their own routes in public life.

Highlighting that such contradictions are the beauty of the democracy, he quipped, “we all are sitting here (including Azad), but just wait to see the “muqabla” (contest) we will have some days”. “Even though his ideas did not at all match with his future son-in-law’s”. He sacrificed his whole life in service of the nation.

GirdhariLalji is one such leader. He created history in Jammu and Kashmir by presenting 26 budgets. “It happens when you have acceptablity and stability in political life and a committment to the responsibility given to you”, he said.