New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and a host of other Indian National Congress leaders, have written to President Ram Nath Kovind, asking him to advise Prime Minister Narendra Modi against using “unwarranted, threatening and intimidating” language.
The letter refers to a speech PM Modi gave while campaigning for the Karnataka assembly election. On May 6, while speaking in Karnataka’s Hubli, PM Modi had said, “Congress ke neta kaan khol ke sun lijeye, agar seemayo ko paar kaorogi, toh yeh Modi hai, lene ke dene pad jayenge (Congress leaders should listen to me with open ears, if you cross your limits, this is Modi, you will have to pay).”
On May 6, Prime Minister Modi in a public rally in Hubli said: “Congress ke neta kan khol karke sun lijiye, agar seemao ko paar karoge, to ye Modi hai, lene ke dene pad jayenge (Congress leaders listen to me while having your ears wide open. If you cross limits, I am Modi, you will have to pay consequences.)”
Dr Singh said Prime Minister Modi’s words were “menacing and intimidating with intent to insult and provoke breach of peace”.
“We would like to state that neither the party nor our leaders will be cowed down by such threats,” Singh added.
Throughout the letter, Singh asked the President to “caution” Prime Minister Modi against using “unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language” against anyone.