New Delhi, Apr 1: Condemning the remarks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Rahul Gandhi's candidature from Wayanad seat, the Congress on Monday said the PM must apologise to the nation and people of Wayanad for his comment.
The party asked the Election Commission (EC) to take cognizance of the PM's remark and take action against him. Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, ''looking at the imminent defeat, a frustrated and flustered Prime Minister has shed all sense of responsibility of the high office he holds and has broken down every constitutional norm, every norm of the public life that a person holding such a high office should uphold, by alleging that Rahul Gandhi is contesting Wayanad seat on account of there being residents of a particular religion living there."
"PM has committed a corrupt practice under Section 123 of the Representation of Peoples’ Act besides violating the dignity of the office that he holds and every other yardstick that is necessary and impeccable in public life. He must apologise to the nation. He has insulted the freedom movement, he has insulted the entire Southern India, he has insulted the composite culture of India, and he has insulted the India that is unified by its multiple cultures as also languages, religions, castes and creeds. Election Commission must take note of this and take action against Narendra Modi," he added.
Surjewala said the Prime Minister must understand that this country thrives on its all encompassing behavior and Prime Minister must understand that caste, creed, religion, way of life, culture, language, looks, colour of skin are not considerations in our society to differentiate between men and men or women and women.
''Prime Minister has no sense of history; he has no sense of geography, he also has no knowledge of the struggle of independence and he does not understand the composite culture of India. Does Modi Ji even know that Wayanad is famous for the classical struggle for freedom against the British by the ruler of Kottayam Royal Dynasty Pazhassi Raja, who not only fought the British, who not only took the British rule head-on, but also waged a gorilla war defeating British on multiple occasions till he committed, till he sacrificed himself for India," he said.
"Does he even know that Wayanad is also known for the temple of ‘Love-Kush’ – the sons of Lord Ram and Mata Sita. Does the Prime Minister even know that in Wayanad, particularly in Vythiri, the Glass temple of the Jains of the Jain faith- is famous and unique for its own nature? Does Prime Minister even know that Wayanad has reminiscence of the Stone Age that is the original civilization that it depicts? Does the Prime Minister also know that Wayanad has the largest Scheduled Tribe population of 8 different Scheduled Tribes? Does the Prime Minister even know that Wayanad has nearly 50 per cent Hindu population besides the population of backwards, of Scheduled Tribe, of Dalits and of many-many other religions where Christians are about 20 per cent -21 per cent , Muslims are about 28 per cent and Hindus are about 50 per cent besides many-many other culture. So it is an ideal ground of combination of various communities and religions who thrive together and live together,'' Mr Surjewala added.
Addressing a rally in Wardha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, apparently attacking Rahul Gandhi over his decision to contest from the second seat, Kerala's Wayanad, in Lok Sabha election, on Monday said that the Congress was "afraid" of fielding candidates from constituencies dominated by majority population because it had insulted Hindus by using the term "Hindu terror".
''The Congress had branded "peace-loving Hindus" as terrorists and knew it would be punished by the community," PM said.
''The Congress insulted Hindus. People have decided to punish it in the election. Leaders of that party are now scared of contesting from constituencies dominated by majority population. That is why they are forced to take refuge in places where the majority is in a minority," PM Modi added, while launching the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance's campaign for the Lok Sabha election. UNI