Twitter Fumes At PM's Remarks On Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Sends A Big Hug
The general elections of 2019 can go down as one of the worst when it comes to civility and public discourse.
Political discourse hit a new low today as Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi as 'Bhrashtachari Number One' . In an election rally in Uttar Pradesh, Modi said that Rajiv Gandhi - Congress President Rahul Gandhi's father - came into politics with a clean image but died a corrupt man. He was referring to the Bofors scandal which rocked the Rajiv Gandhi government in the 1980s.
Many people on social media criticised the Prime Minister for targeting the former PM in such a manner. Rahul Gandhi too reacted to this, choosing to warn the PM of the effects of Karma.
Modi Ji,— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 5, 2019
The battle is over. Your Karma awaits you. Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself onto my father won’t protect you.
All my love and a huge hug.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi also slammed Modi for his statement.
शहीदों के नाम पर वोट माँगकर उनकी शहादत को अपमानित करने वाले प्रधानमंत्री ने कल अपनी बेलगाम सनक में एक नेक और पाक इंसान की शहादत का निरादर किया। जवाब अमेठी की जनता देगी जिनके लिए राजीव गांधी ने अपनी जान दी। हाँ मोदीजी ‘यह देश धोकेबाज़ी को कभी माफ नहीं करता’।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) May 5, 2019
Many netizens expressed their anger at the PM's statement.
Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was brutally killed by the enemies of India. Will abusing the assassinated former PM in public actually bring in votes? If so, India is wallowing in a pit of moral degradation https://t.co/iyy81Dnc1C— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) May 5, 2019
Has India seen a PM who is so full of himself, and so free of any political morality?#RajivGandhi ended his life as Martyr-PM No 2, not as "Bhrashtachari No1"— Sudheendra Kulkarni (@SudheenKulkarni) May 5, 2019
(His mother was Martyr-PM No 1)
Delhi HC cleared RG of bribery charges in #Bofors in Feb 2004https://t.co/YLgUPOwmaT
The life of #RajivGandhi did not just end. It was violently ended. He was murdered the same way our soldiers in #Pulwama were. No #PrimeMinister has ever set the bar for decency so very low. Distressing. #Shame pic.twitter.com/aGitpICO9o— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) May 5, 2019
I loved and respected Rajiv Gandhi more than any other political leader I met. He was a Gentleman till his last breath. To dishonour his memory is to insult every Indian. Shame on all those who insult him. pic.twitter.com/hp891oLhcF— shahid siddiqui (@shahid_siddiqui) May 5, 2019
Apart from being crass, Modi's cheap comment is a political disaster— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) May 5, 2019
Former PM Rajiv Gandhi is a martyr & is respected. Electorally, this will hit BJP badly in UP, Delhi, Punjab & RJ especially
It will also motivate Congress cadre to work harder to defeat BJP#ShameOnPMModi
Dear current PM— Sakshi Joshi (@sakshijoshii) May 5, 2019
Great going... very well done. pls speak more of what u feel within for all the former PMs. Let us see u inside out completely.
Despite ur unpleasant outbursts , we will ensure history never speaks anything wrong for u once u become Former PM. #RajivGandhi
Of course this is not the first time that politicians have stooped this low during Election Season. Just last month, Samajwadi Party's candidate from Rampur, Azam Khan, made a sexist remark about his opponent Jaya Prada, referring to her underwear.
These general elections may just go down as one of the worst when it comes to civility and public discourse.