New Delhi, India: The Congress condemned remarks made by their party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but also accused the PM on stooping to new lows by using “downright insulting” and “abusive language” against opponents.

Mani Shankar Aiyar

On Tuesday, Congress condemned Aiyar’s remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Aiyar had slammed the PM in an article published by the Rising Kashmir justifying his “neech” jibe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi two years ago. This prompted the BJP to call him “abuser-in-chief” and the opposition an “arrogant” party.

Aiyar again launched a scathing attack on Modi naming him the most “foul-mouthed” prime minister the country has seen.

Reacting to Aiyar’s remarks at a press conference, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that hatred, violence and abuse is the modus operandi of the BJP and not of the Congress.

“We have seen how in the last five years, including in the current election, rage and revenge has blinded Narendra Modi in using completely unacceptable, downright insulting, abusive language for his political opponents,” Surjewala said.

“We completely reject and condemn the remarks of the likes of 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 verbally abuse while fighting an election, to give due regard even to your worst political enemy as was shown by Rahul Gandhi on the floor of Parliament,” he said.

Surjewala also said the Congress would like to seek answers from Modi on the “abuses and insults” to the memory of Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi every other day.

Is the prime minister following respectable political discourse, Surjewala asked.

“When the prime minister uses insulting remarks for Sonia Gandhi in election rallies is that the maryada (decorum) that is followed in our Indian political discourses,” he said.

“The truth is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go down in history as the only PM who decimated, denigrated and annihilated the prestige of the office of the prime minister he holds, who violated every article of restraint and mutual respect written in the civilization of the country, who chooses verbal abuse as a weapon to silence his critics when he has no answer on jobs on agrarian distress and on a failed economy,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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