In a repeat of controversial remarks, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday sought to know from the public if Congress managed to win over 40 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, will Prime Minister Narendra Modi hang himself at the Vijay Chowk in Delhi.
As voting took place in the sixth round of the national election, he opted to target the country’s prime minister while addressing a rally in Karnataka’s Kalburgi. The latest incident was just another edition to a pile of controversial comments cited as examples of political discourse touching rock-bottom during elections.
“Wherever he (Modi) goes, he keeps saying that Congress will not win 40 seats. Do you believe that? If Congress gets more than 40 seats, will Modi hang himself at Vijay Chowk in Delhi,” questioned the veteran who led the Congress in the outgoing Lok Sabha.
The Prime Minister has often referred in his campaign speeches to the Congress’s all-time low tally of 44 seats in 2014, when it was decimated in the BJP landslide. He has declared that this time, the party will score even less.
Last week, Kharge had hit out at Modi over his “corrupt No 1 ” comment on Rajiv Gandhi, the father of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying the prime minister “missed any lessons on sanskar (cultural values) as he had left home at a young age”.
“He did not get sanskar at home as he had fled home at a young age. Where will he get it? People should have control over their tongue when speaking,” said the Congress stalwart.