Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar has hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and asked them to be civil after his counterpart, Nalin Kumar Kateel, alleged that Rahul Gandhi was a drug user. Earlier, Shivakumar has expressed regret for his party’s “uncivil” tweet about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Shivakumar in a tweet reminded the BJP that he had apologised for the Congress’ unfortunate tweet, which he attributed to a “novice social media manager” and called on the ruling party to do the same.
“Yesterday, I said I believe we should be civil and respectful in politics, even to our opponents. I hope the BJP agrees with me and will apologise for their state president’s abusive and unparliamentary remarks against Shri Rahul Gandhi,” the Congress Karnataka chief tweeted.
Karnataka BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel had attacked Mr Gandhi, calling him “a drug addict”, and claiming that the proof of his allegations has “appeared in news reports”.
“Your G-23 says Sonia Gandhi is not president. Sonia Gandhi says she is president. On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi says he will become president. Tell me what is Rahul Gandhi? Rahul Gandhi is a drug addict and drug peddler… I’m not saying this, it has appeared in news reports,” Kateel said.
“They are unable to run the party. Those who cannot run a party, how can they run this country?” ANI quoted Kateel.
“This is the lowest standard of politics. They have used derogatory remarks against the Prime Minister… Not only do the people of India love Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but even the President of America also respects Narendra Modi,” he further said.
The exchange of words between the two parties was triggered by a tweet from the Congress’ Karnataka handle that referred to Prime Minister Modi as an “angootha-chhaap” (illiterate person).
Shivakumar, responding to the tweets said: “I have always believed that civil and parliamentary language is a non-negotiable pre-requisite for political discourse.”
“An uncivil tweet made by a novice social media manager through the Karnataka Congress official Twitter handle is regretted and stands withdrawn,” he tweeted.
BJP and Congress have been attacking each other verbally and on social media in the run-up to by-polls for two assembly constituencies in Karnataka on October 30.