On Tuesday Congress MP and Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid demonstrated his pathological and deep-seated hatred for BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate once again. Addressing a political meeting in his Muslim-dominated constituency, Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh, asked why a man who aspires to be the Prime Minister “could not do anything during” the 2002 violence.
“Some people came, attacked and went, and you couldn’t protect. Are you not a strong man? We don’t accuse you (Modi) of killing people… Hamara aarop hai ki tum ‘napunsak’ (impotent) ho. (Our accusation is that you are impotent). You couldn’t stop the killers,” he said sneeringly. His audience, we can presume, was titillated.
This is the second time in recent days that Khurshid has struck out at Modi. When the US decided to reach out to Modi with the American Ambassador calling on him, Khurshid lashed out at the Americans. He callously mentioned the ‘Holocaust’. State Department was not pleased. But Khurshid’s purpose was served.
Before that he had said crowds come for Modi’s rallies because “crowds gather to watch a monkey perform”. And before that he called him a ‘frog’.
The Congress has repeatedly hurled choicest abuses at Modi. Recall Sonia Gandhi’s infamous description of Modi as “maut ka saudagar” during the 2007 Gujarat Assembly election campaign. That slur boomeranged on the Congress but clearly no lesson has been learned. Recently Sonia Gandhi used the expression “zeher ki kheti” while attacking the BJP. Bollywood screenwriters can come up with smart turns of phrases, but that does not add to the quality of political discourse.
Here is a list of abuses hurled at Modi by various khidmatgars of the Palace in the hope of pleasing the Congress’s First Family:
Snake, scorpion, dirty man: Congress MP and original Dynasty khidmatgar Mani Shankar Aiyar.
Ravan, lahu purush, paani purush, asatya ka saudagar: Congress general secretary and man who people say is modern day Shakuni in the Palace, Digvijay Singh.
Gandi Nali ka kida: Congress sycophant BK Hariprasad who took the party to new depths as the designated prabhari for Gujarat.
Ghanchi: Congress MP from Gujarat Soma Ganda Patel made this casteist slur while referring to Modi’s backward caste.
Monkey, victim of rabies: Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia.
Dawood Ibrahim: Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari, comparing Modi with Dawood Ibrahim.
Bad tamiz, nalayak, who is his father, mother? : Congress Muslim leader Rizwan Usmani.
Hitler and Pol Pot: Congress MP Shantaram Naik whose desperate attempts to grab Madam’s attention have failed.
Virus called ‘NaMo-nitis’ which is like pneumonia: Congress drama queen Renuka Chaudhary.
Bhasmasur: Congress MP, Minister and Dynasty stooge Jairam Ramesh.
Gangu Teli: Congress MP and Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in a disparaging reference to Modi’s Ghanchi or Teli caste.
Cut Modi into pieces : Congress candidate Imran Masood from Saharanpur Lok Sabha constituency in UP
(Hat tip to Desh Gujarat.)