Request President to caution PM from using threatening, intimidating language: Manmohan Singh

Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his recent election speeches in Karnataka, former prime minister Manmohan Singh has written to President Ram Nath Kovind, asking him to caution the Prime Minister from using such unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language against the leaders of the Congress Party or any other person as it does not behove the position of a Prime Minister.

Citing a remark from PM Modi’s speech made in Karnataka’s Hubli on May 6, 2018, the former prime minister said the Prime Minister is not expected to use menacing language even in the course of election campaign which tantamounts to using his powers and privileges as the Prime Minister to settle personal and political scores.

“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 Modi had said.

“The threat held out by the prime minister to the INC’s leadership deserves to be condemned…The words used are menacing and intimidating with intent to insult and provoke breach of the peace,” Manmohan Singh wrote in his letter.

He also iterated that the Congress Party would not be cowed down by such threats. “The Congress Party is the oldest party in India and has faced many challenges and threats… We would like to state that neither the party nor our leaders will be cowed down by such threats,” he wrote.

On May 7, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah sent a legal notice to PM Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah over their continuous attacks on the former regarding corruption and demanding an unconditional apology or face a defamation suit worth Rs. 100 crore.

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