Ahmedabad: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday slammed Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge for insulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that whatever Kharge said is not only his mentality but “result of entire Congress’s mentality”.
“Congress is using inappropriate words. Using inappropriate words isn’t a sign of healthy politics. Words used by Congress chief Kharge for PM isn’t only his mentality but result of entire Congress’s mentality,” Rajanth Singh said.
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Kharge’s “Ravan” barb at PM Modi on Tuesday triggered a slugfest with the BJP slamming it as an insult of every Gujarati and the Opposition party calling the attack on its leader “anti-Dalit tirade”.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra asked voters in Gujarat to do “100 per cent voting for the son of the soil” Modi to take “revenge” in a democratic manner for the “insult”, as he invoked various objectionable remarks made by Congress members over the years against the prime minister.
Taking a swipe at Modi at a rally in Behrampura area of Ahmedabad city on Monday, Kharge on Monday night said the prime minister asks people to vote “looking at his face” in all elections. “Are you 100-headed like Ravan,” he had said.
Taking a strong exception to the remarks, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in a tweet said, “Bereft of any development agenda and support from the people, the Congress is out to abuse Gujarat and Gujaratis.”
“The statement made by Kharge ji against PM Narendra Modiji is a testimony to their hate for Gujaratis. The people of Gujarat will reject them this time too for such behaviour,” Patel added.
The BJP’s IT department head, Amit Malviya, said in a tweet, “Unable to take the heat of Gujarat election, pushed to the fringe, Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge loses control over his words, calls Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘Ravan’. From ‘Maut ka Saudagar’ to ‘Ravan’, Congress continues to insult Gujarat and it’s son.”
Slamming Malviya, Congress’ media department head Pawan Khera asked “why can’t you digest the fact that a Dalit who has worked his way up is the elected president of the Congress”.
“Calling him fringe shows what you and your party thinks of Dalits,” Khera said.
At a press conference, Patra alleged Kharge was voicing the views of former Congress presidents Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. Personal attacks on Modi started with Sonia Gandhi’s “maut ka saudagar” (merchant of death) remarks during the 2007 Gujarat assembly polls, he said.
“What Kharge said is condemnable and shows the mindset of the Congress. This is not merely an insult of Modi but of every Gujarati,” he said.
The Congress has denigrated the post of the prime minister, he added, holding that Modi is now recognised as a global leaders by countries around the world.
Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry had recently said Modi will be shown his “aukat”, Patra noted.
(With inputs from agencies)