New Delhi, May 14: Mind your Language Mr Prime Minister. This is the essence of the letter sent to President Ram Nath Kovind by senior Congress leaders led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The letter has urged the President to caution PM Narendra Modi from using "unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language" against Congress leadership. The letter says that the language Modi uses doesn't behove the position of a PM.
The Congress has taken strong exception to PM Modi's speech speech at a election rally in Hubli, Karnataka. In the speech, PM had allegedly warned and threatened Congress with a backlash in case of criticism. “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),” PM had said on May 6. While mentioning the link of the video, the letter says that that the words are menacing and intimidating, and this may lead to the breach of peace.
“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,” Manmohan Singh said.
"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, the Congress," says the letter.
"The threat held out by the Prime Minister to the Congress leadership deserves to be condemned," the letter says while adding that the party will not bow down to such threats. “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,” said Manmohan Singh. "No prime minister in our country has used the office of prime minister to say things about his opponent the way Mr Modi has been doing day in and day out.... It is very shocking to see the Prime Minister of the country stoop so low and use language and frame ideologies that are unbecoming of a Prime Minister," Manmohan Singh added while speaking to reporters in Karnataka.
Apart from Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, Mallikarjun Kharge, Motilal Vohra, Kamal Nath, Ashok Gehlot, Digvijaya Singh, Mukul Wasnik and Karan Singh have signed the letter.