Published On: Sun, Sep 17th, 2017

Manish Tewari follows Digvijai, makes abusive remarks against PM

New Delhi: Following into the foot-steps of senior party leader Digvijai Singh, former Union minister Manish Tewari on Sunday again triggered a row with a twitter post using abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tewari is the second Congress leader to come under fire for using foul language against Modi

After Digvijai, Tewari is the second Congress leader to come under fire for using foul language against Modi.

It may be recalled that Singh had recently retweeted a post which contained expletives against the prime minister.

In his post, Tewari wrote in Hindi in Roman script about how Modi “befooled” people and that, “Even Mahatma cannot teach MODI Deshbhakti (patriotism)”.

Evoking sharp reactions from the BJP and the twitterati, vociferous demands were raised seeking an unconditional apology from none less that Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

He was responding to a remark made by a person on the micro blogging website that patriotism is in the DNA of Modi and even Mahatma Gandhi cannot teach him that. It was made in response to a short video clip put up by Tewari about a gaffe committed by Modi abroad when he had started walking even as the national anthem was being played.

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi reacted sharply when he said that desperate Congress and its leaders have “lost their mental balance” after being rejected by people. He said they are using foul language against the prime minister as they have run out of logic to counter the prime minister.

Another BJP leader Subramanian Swamy alleged that someone else is “orchestrating” Congress’ abusive attack as Tewari has the reputation of being sober and sensitive.

“The only person I think who has the authority to make (such a remark) is Rahul Gandhi, who can say anything anytime.”

“There is a genuine frustration in the Congress that despite all the policy failures that they are trying to point out the country is solidly with the BJP,” said Swamy.

The issue led to a major row on the social media with trolls targeting Tewari. A hashtag “#CongLeaderAbusesPM” was also used and evoked sharp reactions from twitterati.

As criticism mounted, Tewari took to the twitter to say he put out the video ostensibly showing PM walking while National Anthem was playing in response to someone’s tweet and that he meant no offence to Modi.

“If brouhaha is over Hindi phrase in colloquial-used to describe idiocy ¬hing more. In this case of person who put PM over Mahatma,” he said in a series of tweets.

BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi should tender apology for Tewary’s action otherwise it would be construed that it had their tacit approval.


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