BJP leaders have reacted angrily to Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera likening PM Modi to terrorists and Pakistan’s secret service ISI. Taking part in a TV debate with BJP’s Sambit Patra, the Congress spokesperson said Modi was the ‘full form of M for Masood (Azhar), O for Osama (bin Laden), D for Dawood (Ibrahim) and I for ISI.’ Angry over Khera’s comments, Patra and other BJP leaders have accused the Congress of insulting the Indian PM, while India TV too has expressed its displeasure stating that Modi was the ‘pride of India.’
Before likening Modi to terrorists and Pakistani secret service, Khera had asked the BJP why it was silent on the business dealing of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s son with a Pakistani national. “What’s his business partnership? Who is that Pakistani who he (Ajit Doval’s son) is unable to break the partnership with?” Khera had asked.
Continuing his tirade, Khera had said, “That’s why people say that the full form of Modi is M for Masood (Azhar), O for Osama (bin Laden), D for Dawood (Ibrahim) and I for ISI.” Patra registered his protest on Khera’s comments immediately and urged the audience of the show to join him. However, Khera remained steadfast and refused to withdraw his comments.
Later, Union Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted, “The more distasteful comment of the Congress against the Prime Minister @narendramodi ji, the greater will be the public revulsion against it.”
India TV, which is owned by Rajat Sharma, later ran a report, which included reactions from Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Congress Leader Pawan Khera. In the report, the reporter asked, “Why did the Congress insult the country’s pride and glory in its political hatred?”
Khera later explained the context of his controversial comments and also asked whether falsely accusing Manmohan Singh of colluding with Pakistan did not amount to the insult of the country. While campaigning for the Gujarat assembly polls, Modi had accused Manmohan Singh of secretly holding a meeting with Pakistani diplomats to defeat the BJP. Jaitley had to issue an apology in the parliament for Modi’s extraordinary allegations.
In another TV programme, India TV said that the country will not tolerate an insult to the Prime Minister.