Congress writes to President against PM Narendra Modi’s “threatening language”

A group of senior Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have urged President of India Ram Nath Kovind to caution Prime Minister Narendra Modi against using “unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language” against the Congress party or any other party or person, even in times of elections.

“It is unthinkable that in our democratic polity, the Prime Minister as Head of the Government would utter words which are threatening, intimidating in content and a public warning to the leaders of members of the main opposition party i.e. the Indian National Congress,” the Congress leaders said in a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind on 13 May.

The letter refers to Prime Minister Modi’s speech during election campaign in Hubli in Karnataka on 6 May, in which he said in Hindi: “Congress leaders, listen carefully. If you cross you limits, then this is Modi. You will pay.”

“The threat held out by the Prime Minister to the INC’s leadership deserves to be condemned. This cannot be the language of the Prime Minister of a constitutionally governed democratic country of 1.3 billion people. Such discourse whether in public or private is unacceptable conduct. The words used are menacing and intimidating with intent to insult and provoke breach of peace,” said the letter signed by several Congress leaders.

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