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Business News/ Politics / News/  Shashi Tharoor lambasts ‘disgraceful speech’ by PM Modi: ‘Nakedly communal appeal that EC should…’

Shashi Tharoor lambasts ‘disgraceful speech’ by PM Modi: ‘Nakedly communal appeal that EC should…’

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor criticizes PM Modi for making a communal speech during a recent poll event, calling it disgraceful and indecent. Tharoor questions Modi's claims about Congress party taking away wealth to give to Muslims, expressing disappointment in the PM's language.

 Tharoor said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments on the Congress was 'disgraceful'.Premium
Tharoor said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments on the Congress was 'disgraceful'.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday amid furore over a recent poll speech. The senior BJP leader had stoked controversy after insisting that the Congress party planned to redistribute gold and hard-earned money of people to "illegal immigrants".

“This is a very disgraceful speech made by the Prime Minister. The fact is that people realise that when he says that the Congress party is going to take all your wealth and give to it to the Muslim, this is just a nakedly communal appeal which normally any civilised Election Commission would disallow and warn the candidate for speaking like this. It is simply not decent," the Thiruvananthapuram MP said.

Tharoor insisted that he was “truly disappointed" by the PM's remarks. He also noted that such a thing had “never happened".

"The Congress party is constantly accused by Mr Modi of having ruled the country for 65 years. Have we taken away people's wealth and given it to the Muslim community?...How can the Prime Minister talk like this?" he asked.

The Congress also approached the Election Commission on Monday to seek action against the ‘seriously, ridiculously objectionable’ comment. Senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters that the party had flagged 16 instances of Model Code of Conduct violation and urged EC to take 'appropriate action' against PM Modi ‘irrespective of the status of the person’. Members of the party also rapped Modi for ignoring “20 crore" Indians during his contentious speech. 

“You (PM Modi) are giving a speech that the Congress will give the properties of the women to infiltrators and terrorists. Do 20 crore people do not matter to him? Do they not have any aspirations? Politics has stooped down to such a level and it has not happened in history and I do not want it to happen. I want to ask a question to the Election Commission why action was not taken immediately. You (EC) should condemn it and a notice should be given to PM Modi," said Congress MP Kapil Sibal.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 22 Apr 2024, 02:37 PM IST
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