New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders on Monday wrote a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind asking him to caution Narendra Modi from using ‘unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language’ against leaders of the Congress or any other party as it does not behove the position of the prime minister.
Referring to the Prime Minister Modi’s speech in Hubli in the run up to the Karnataka elections, where he warned Congress leaders against crossing the boundary or face a backlash, the Congress leaders said that such menancing and intimidating words might provoke breach of peace.
“Congress leaders listen with your ears wide open. If you cross the boundary, then this is Modi, you will face a backlash (Congress ke neta kan kholkar sun lijiye, agar simayon ko par karenge, ye Modi hain, lene ke dene par jayenge),” the letter quoted PM Modi as saying during a rally in Hubli on May 6. The link to the video was also mentioned in the letter.
"The threat held out by the Prime Minister to the INC's leadership deserves to be condemned. This cannot be the kanguage of the Prime Minister of a constitutionally governed democratic country of 1.3 billion people. Such discourse whether in public or private is unacceptable counduct. The words used are menacing and intimidating with intent to insult and provoke breach of the peace", the Congress leaders said in their letter signed by Malik Arjun Kharge, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik, Ashok Gehlot, Motilal Vohra and Ahmed Patel besides Dr. Manmohan Singh.
"The President of India as the constitutional head of the Union of India enjoying high duty and obligation to advise and guide the Prime Minister and his cabinet. Admittedly, the Prime Minister is not expected to use menacing kanguage even in the course of election campaign which tantamounts to using his powers and privileges as the Prime Minister to settle personal and politica; scores", they added.
"Hon'ble Presidnet may caution the Prime Minister from using such unwarranted, threatening and intimidating kanguage against leaders of the Congress Party or any other party or person as it does nit behove the position of the Prime Minister", the said.
INC COMMUNIQUE— INC Sandesh (@INCSandesh) May 14, 2018
Letter to the President of India by Former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh; LoP Rajya Sabha, Leader of CPP in LS & other senior leaders pointing out the negation of Constitutional oath by PM @narendramodi, and his unacceptable conduct. pic.twitter.com/WXAhFKgupQ
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