BENGALURU: The Indian political atmosphere seems to be heating up after Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge made a comment about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him a “poisonous snake” during a rally in Kalburgi. The statement has been met with strong reactions from both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress Party.
खड़गे जी जैसे अनुभवी व्यक्ति ने जो आज शब्द कहा और वे जिस पार्टी से आते हैं उस पार्टी की नेत्री(सोनिया गांधी) कभी प्रधानमंत्री को मौत का सौदागर कहती थीं। इस प्रकार के शब्द प्रजातंत्र में ग्रहणीय नहीं है। हमें लगता है कि खड़गे जी की कुछ मजबूरी रही होगी उन्होंने अपने आकाओं को… https://t.co/zNfBDdHJsr pic.twitter.com/bQjNKK43WC— ANI_HindiNews (@AHindinews) April 27, 2023
Union Minister and senior BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan, responding to Kharge’s statement, said, “Such words are not acceptable in a democracy. We feel that Kharge ji must have had some compulsion, he has used such words to satisfy his masters.” He also pointed out that the Congress Party’s leader, Sonia Gandhi, had also previously called the Prime Minister a “merchant of death.”
#WATCH मैंने प्रधानमंत्री मोदी और RSS की विचारधारा के बारे में कुछ कहा, मेरा विचार उनकी विचारधारा को लेकर है। किसी पर निजी आक्रमण नहीं है: प्रधानमंत्री मोदी को लेकर अपने बयान पर कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष मल्लिकार्जुन खड़गे, शिरहट्टी pic.twitter.com/w4vXXzPHk0— ANI_HindiNews (@AHindinews) April 27, 2023
The Congress Party, on the other hand, has clarified that Kharge’s statement was not a personal attack on the Prime Minister, but rather a comment on his and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) ideology. Kharge later said during an election program in Shirhatti, Karnataka, “There is no personal attack on anyone.”
The BJP has been quick to denounce the Congress Party’s comments, calling them “anti-national” and “insulting to the Prime Minister.” The Congress Party, however, has defended its stance, stating that it is merely criticizing the BJP’s ideology and policies.