It is for the very first time that a Prime Minister has been questioned of using undignified and discourteous language. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has garnered much attention and drawn massive flak must for using “unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language” that is completely unacceptable for the country’s top post, a group of Congress leaders, including former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, have written in a letter to the President.
“It is unthinkable that in our democratic polity, the Prime Minister as head of the government would utter words which are threatening, intimidating in content and a public warning to the leaders of the main opposition party, the Congress,” said the letter to President Ram Nath Kovind. The letter refers to PM Modi’s speech at a public meeting in Karnataka’s Hubli on May 6, in which he said: “Congress leaders, please listen carefully, if you cross your limits, remember this is Modi – and you will pay.”
The Congress leaders said the Prime Minister “was not expected” to use menacing language while campaigning, because then it would be the abuse of his powers and privileges as PM to settle personal and political scores. “This cannot be the language of the Prime Minister of a constitutionally governed democratic country of 1.3 billion people. The threat held out by the Prime Minister to the Congress leadership deserves to be condemned,” said the Congress, calling PM Modi’s words unacceptable.”We would like to state that neither the party nor our leaders will be cowed down by such threats.”
The Congress letter comes a day before the results of the Saturday Karnataka election, campaigning for which was acrimonious and replete with personal attacks from both sides.