Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took pot shots at the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, saying the country was in “trouble” as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah live in an imaginary world, PTI reported.

“They live in their own world and they fantasise about things,” Gandhi said about the government’s claim that there was no financial crisis. “That is why the country is in such trouble.” He called Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman “incompetent” and said she was not aware of what was happening around her.

Gandhi described the cases filed against him across the country as a “medal on my chest”. He said there were 15 to 16 cases registered against him, and that the rise in their number made him “happier”. He was speaking in his constituency Wayanad in Kerala, which he is visiting on a three-day trip.

“Every single case is a medal for me,” the Congress leader said. “Every time you put a case against me, I will speak of love. I will never forget you are standing with me. So when they lodge a case against me, they put a medal on my chest, it is also a medal for you.” The Congress leader was purportedly referring to cases filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party against him.

Gandhi said he did not believe in an India where hatred was prevalent. He added that India’s strength was that people respected women, all religions and communities.

On the floods that ravaged parts of the state last year, Gandhi said that while many residents lost their possessions, their positive nature was highlighted. He said that he will continue to raise the matter of compensation and rehabilitation with the state government.