Cong leaders urge Prez to restrain PM Modi, say he is ‘threatening’ Opposition

Cong leaders urge Prez to restrain PM Modi, say he is ‘threatening’ Opposition

NEW DELHI: A group of top Congress leaders have urged the President to caution Prime Minister Narendra Modi against using “unwarranted, threatening and intimidating” language which, they said, is unbecoming for the country’s top job.

“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 and members of the main opposition party, ie Indian National Congress Congress,” said the letter to President Ram Nath Kovind.

To prove their point, the letter cites PM’s speech at a public meeting in Karnataka’s Hubli on May 6, where Mod is reportedly heard saying: “Congress ke nata kan kholkarke sun lijiye, agar simayon ko par karoge to ye Modi hai, lene ke dene pad jayenge (Congress leaders, please listen carefully, if you cross your limits, remember this is Modi – and you will pay).”

The letter bears the signatures of top Congress leaders such as former PM Dr Manmohan Singh, Mallikarjun Kharage, P Chidambaram, Motilal Vora, Ashok Gehlot, Ambika Soni and Ahmed Patel.

The leaders condemned the conduct of the Prime Minister saying “This cannot be the language of the Prime Minister of a constitutionally governed democratic country of 1.3 billion people”.

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