The Congress on Tuesday strongly condemned the remarks made by senior party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, justifying his ‘neech’ jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections but blamed the PM and the BJP leaders for lowering the level of public discourse in the country.
Talking to reporters here, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said, "we completely reject and condemn the remarks made by those like Mani Shankar Aiyar and every other person who is violating the time-tested principle of self-discipline in political discourse of mutual respect and adherence to ideas and ideology and not to verbal abuse while fighting an elections, to give due regard to even your worst political enemy as was shown by Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the floor of Parliament.
"The use of undignified language in political discourse will not be acceptable by the Congress, " he said. At the same time, he blamed the PM and the BJP leaders for lowering the level of public discourse in the country.
"Hatred, violence and abuse is the modus operandi of the Prime Minister and the BJP, not the Congress. We have seen how in the last five years and in the current elections, rage and revenge has blinded Mr Modi in using completely unacceptable, downright insulting abusive language for his opponents. The truth is Mr Modi has seriously lowered the prestige of the office of the Prime Minister in Independent India, a first in the last 70 years. By his choice of words, his anger and by his uncontrollable rage and his quest to seek revenge from every opposition leader, particularly Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his family."
"As BJP and Mr Modi give sermons to us on political discourse we would definitely like him to answer that when Mr Modi describes and insults the memory of Jawahar Lal Nehru and Mr Rajiv Gandhi every other day is he following a acceptable political discourse or has he fallen out of line. When the PM uses insulting words to Mrs Sonia Gandhi is that the ‘Maryada’ followed in Indian political discourse? When PM described someone as ‘a 50-crore-rupee girlfriend’, is it a remark that behooves the PM. PM’s spokesperson describes opposition leader, including Congress president, as ‘Chengez Khan’ and the PM promotes him," Mr Surjewala lamented.
Is it an indication that abusing opposition leader is the benchmark for a person’s promotion? Truth is that PM Narendra Modi will go down in history as the only PM who decimated, denigrated and annihilated the prestige of the post of PM that he holds, who chose verbal abuse to silent his critics when he has no answers on jobs or failed economy. However, verbal and physical abuse will not prevent us from taking the focus back on real issues,’’Mr Surjewala said.
Stirring yet another conspiracy, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has justified his 2017 "neech aadmi" comment against Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that his remark was prophetic.