Congress President Rahul Gandhi has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘weak’ person, who had resorted to spreading hatred in fear of defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, scheduled for next year. Taking a dig at Modi, the Congress president said at an election rally in Madhya Pradesh that Modi’s behaviour in the face of looming defeat was in sharp contrast with how Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan conducted himself.
He said, “Shivraj Chouhan has realised that he is fighting this election to lose. He’s conceded that. This is a good thing. See, that’s where you see a difference in people. One man knows that he’s going to lose and still he doesn’t develop hatred for others. And that man is Shivraj Chouhan ji.
“On the other hand, there is a second person, who is frightened knowing that he’s broken people’s trust. He knows that he’s going to lose in 2019. And he has started to develop hatred. Wherever he goes, his words are filled with hatred. People of India see him and say ‘yes, this man has weaknesses. There’s a weakness in the prime minister.’ Prime Minister’s fear of losing elections has converted into hatred.”
Modi, in one of his previous rallies in Chhattisgarh, was accused of crossing all limits by launching a tirade at Gandhi’s grandparents by using intemperate language. Even in the past, he’s known for lowering the public discourse. Some of the unparliamentary words uttered by Modi have included calling the late wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor ’50 crore girlfriend.’ He’s also made the Italian jibe at Gandhi’s mother Sonia Gandhi making fun of her foreign roots.
Modi on Saturday had reacted angrily to a statement made by Congress leader Raj Babbar for equating the falling valuation of the Indian rupee with the age of Prime Minister’s mother. However, many on social media were quick to ask Modi if he was the right person to lecture others on the falling standard in public discourse since he himself was allegedly the biggest promoter of such a vicious atmosphere prevailing in the country.