New Delhi: The Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday lodged a complaint with Election Commission (EC) against Congress Spokesperson Pawan Khera over his derogatory remarks on PM Narendra Modi. In its complaint, the ruling party alleged that Khera’s statement on a TV channel ‘MODI stands for Masood Azhar, Osama, Dawood and ISI’ is defamatory and a violation of model code of conduct.

Khera had stoked controversy when he stated that ‘MODI stands for Masood Azhar, Osama bin-Laden, Dawood Ibrahim and ISI’. The Congress leader was in debate with BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who termed his statement as ‘offensive’ and demanded an apology. His statement also received a backlash from the audience as they shouted ‘shame shame’.

However, Khera defended his statement saying,”Whenever farmers of this country and unemployed youths ask tough questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he hides behind terrorists and Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI.”

He added,”From morning to evening, the Prime Minister and his party keep targeting Jawahar Lal Nehru and each and every leader. If you remember during Gujarat elections, Modi had claimed that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and General Deepak Kapoor were colluding with Pakistan to defeat him in Gujarat. What is that? Why should I not be outraged when they abuse our leaders? My leaders Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Manmohan Singh were also country’s prime ministers.”