Days before the last phase of polling in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday came out with a message for all political parties: “I'm pushing for a new language in politics. Let's fight each other brutally on issues. Let's fight hard on ideology. But... Let's not use hatred and violence against each other. It's bad for India.”
🇮🇳 🇮🇳 🇮🇳 I'm pushing for a new language in politics.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 14, 2019
Let's fight each other brutally on issues. Let's fight hard on ideology.
Let's not use hatred and violence against each other. It's bad for 🇮🇳 🇮🇳 🇮🇳.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi added: “I'm pushing for a new language in politics. Let's fight each other brutally on issues. Let's fight hard on ideology.”
Gandhi's message for leaders and political parties came on a day Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar was back in the news with an article justifying his "neech" jibe against Narendra Modi, and also calling him the most "foul-mouthed" prime minister the country has seen.
Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said his party is not on the back foot regarding Aiyar's remarks, instead it should be Modi who should be ashamed for his remarks on former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
"Mani Shankar Aiyar's remarks are his own as stated by him in his article. The Congress is neither on the back foot nor ashamed of his remarks. It's the PM who should be ashamed for lowering the dignity of the office he occupies by making disparaging remarks against former PM Rajiv Gandhi and former Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
"The PM should apologise to the country for the abusive language that he has used," Shergill said, referring to Modi recently saying Rajiv Gandhi's life ended as 'Bhrashtachari No 1' (corrupt number 1).
His remarks come after an acrimonious exchange between political parties and leaders throughout the election campaign.