From calling it 'so low' to 'shockingly insulting', an irked Congress party in the sternest voice has reprimanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of slandering the former martyred Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an address in Uttar Pradesh said that Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi's father, late former PM Rajiv Gandhi's "life ended as 'Bhrashtachari No 1' (corrupt number 1)"
Condemning the comment, senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit stated that PM Modi has "lowered his own image," moreover demanded an apology from him.
She said, "Prime Minister has lowered his own image. As a Prime Minister should he use such language or not? This is such a question mark that being a Prime Minister, you're speaking of another Prime Minister, that should not be said. The Congress party highly condemns this comment by Modiji. The party expects Prime Minister Modi to apologise for this.
Former Union Minister Anand Sharma reminded PM Modi that former PM Rajiv Gandhi was 'assassinated by a terrorist'. Further accusing the Prime Minister of dragging 'political discourse to a gutter'
He said, "He is known for making shockingly insulting statements about his opponents, but Rajiv Gandhiji was a martyred PM of this country, Narendra Modi should not forget that Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a terrorist and he died for the cause of India. Narendra Modi will go down in history, as the only Prime Minister since India's independence who has dragged the political discourse to a gutter."
Chairman of Indian Overseas Congress, Sam Pitroda said that he was 'ashamed' of being from the same state as that of the Prime Minister.
Pitroda said, "For a PM of a country to make a comment like that on a former PM, Rajiv Gandhi who is dead, to say that to his son, is so low. I am ashamed of being a Gujarati, a state that my Prime Minister is from, who is from Gandhiji's state. I'm really ashamed.
Expressing shame for working under PM Modi, Senior advocate to the Supreme Court of India and senior Congress leader, Salman Khurshid, on Sunday, has condemned the remark by the Prime Minister about former late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi saying that PM Modi has touched the bottom of decency and humanity.
Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said that PM Modi is 'disappointed and frightened' over his 'visible defeat'
Both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi called out PM Modi over his statement against their father.