A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's attack on his wife Sunanda Pushkar, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said she is “priceless” but the Gujarat Chief Minister needs to be able to love someone to understand that.

Mr. Tharoor also said his wife was worth a lot more than Mr. Modi’s “imaginary Rs. 50 crore”.

“My wife is worth a lot more than your imaginary 50 crores. She is priceless. But you need2be able2love some1 2understand that,” Mr. Tharoor tweeted.

Speaking in Shimla on Monday, Mr. Modi had commented on Mr. Tharoor’s personal life, saying his wife was once his “50-crore-rupee girlfriend”, a day after the Congress leader made a comeback in the Union Cabinet reshuffle as Minister of State for Human Resources Development.

“There was a Congress leader who was a minister. He was accused of amassing wealth from cricket. He had said in Parliament that he is not connected to the Rs. 50 crore in the lady’s name,” Mr. Modi said in an apparent reference to Mr. Tharoor in the context of the IPL cricket controversy involving Ms. Pushkar in 2010. Mr. Tharoor later resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs. “...And then girlfriend becomes wife, we learn some time later...the issues are still not settled and he (Tharoor) is now made a minister,” the Gujarat Chief Minister said on Monday.

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