New Delhi, May 15: Taking a strong objection to PM Narendra Modi’s remarks against Congress leaders at a poll rally in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind urging him to caution Modi against ‘unwarranted, threatening and intimidating’ language as it does not behove him. The letter which was written on May 13 released to the media on Monday.
In the letter, former PM Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Karan Singh, Mallikarjun Kharge, P. Chidambaram, A.K. Antony, Anand Sharma and others referred to Modi’s speech in Hubli and said,”In his speech on May 6, PM Modi had said “Congress leaders, listen with your ears open, if you cross boundaries, then this is Modi, you will have to pay for it.”
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“The words used by PM Modi were “menacing and intimidating with intent to insult and provoke breach of peace,” the letter said. It further added that all Prime Ministers in the past have maintained immense dignity and decorum “in discharge of public or private functions/actions.”
“It is unthinkable that in our democratic polity, the Prime Minister as head of government would utter words which are threatening, intimidating in content and a public warning to the leaders and members of the main opposition party — Indian National Congress,” the letter read.
The Congress leaders said that the President as the constitutional head of the union enjoys high duty and obligation to advise and guide the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. “Admittedly, the Prime Minister is not expected to use menacing language even in the course of election campaign which tantamounts to using his powers and privileges as the Prime Minister to settle personal and political scores,” the letter said, adding,”The threat held out by Modi to the Congress leadership deserves to be condemned.”
“This cannot be the language of a Prime Minister of a constitutionally governed democratic country of 1.3 billion people. Such discourse whether in public or private is unacceptable conduct,” the letter stated and mentioned that
the grand old party would not be cowed down by such threats.