Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attempted to equate Prime Minister Narendra Modi with notorious dictators by asking "Why do so many dictators have names that begin with M ?"
While Rahul's list that included Italy's World War II-era dictator Benito Mussolini and Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf did not mention Modi, it was clear that the opposition leader was hinting at the Indian Prime Minister without saying it in as many words.
Rahul's attack came amid crackdown on protesting farmers who have been camping at various border points near Delhi against the Centre's new farm laws.
Earlier on Tuesday, he had tweeted images of one protest site, captioning them "Build bridges, not walls!"
The protest sites have been sealed by stationing parked DTC buses and installing multi-layer barricades and checkpoints, turning them into a virtual fortress. No major road is now open for movement of vehicles and people. A portion of the road is studded with nails and concertina wire.
The police have also deployed drones to monitor the protesters.
The heightened restrictions and force deployment come after the Republic Day clashes between police personnel and protesters taking part in a tractor parade.