Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, along with other Congress leaders, on Monday wrote a letter to President Ramnath Kovind complaining about PM Narendra Modi.
In the letter, Dr. Singh has asked the President to caution PM Modi from using ‘unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language’ against leaders of the Congress or any other party as it does not behove the position of the Prime Minister.
Referring to PM Modi’s speech in Hubli during the election campaign in Karnataka, where he warned Congress leaders against crossing the boundary or face a backlash, the letter said that such menacing and intimidating words might provoke breach of peace.
“Congress leaders listen with your ears wide open. If you cross the boundary, then this is Modi, you will face a backlash (Congress ke neta kan kholkar sun lijiye, agar simayon ko par karenge, ye Modi hain, lene ke dene par jayenge),” the letter quoted PM Modi as saying during a rally in Hubli on May 6. The link to the video was also mentioned in the letter.
Several other senior Congress leaders including P. Chidambaram, Ashok Gehlot, Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath, Mukul Wasnik, Motilal Vora, Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma, AK Antony and Ahmed Patel have also signed the letter.
Dr. Singh condemned the “threat” to the Congress leadership, “The Congress party is the oldest party in India and has faced many challenges and threats. The party has always exhibited courage and fearlessness in facing threats and challenges.”
The letter also pointed the use of “menancing” language by PM Modi during election campaigns amounted to using powers and privileges as the PM to settle personal and political scores.
Earlier, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had sent a legal notice to PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over their continuous barbs levelling corruption allegations against him. In the notice, the CM asked the two leaders to tender an unconditional apology or face a defamation suit worth Rs 100 crore.