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Mallikarjun Kharge likens PM Modi to ‘poisonous snake’, BJP fires back




Mallikarjun Kharge

New Delhi: Amid the intense campaigning for Karnataka Assembly polls, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ‘poisonous snake’, a remark that draws fresh concerns over falling political discourse in the country.

Addressing an election rally in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi, Kharge made highly objectionable & derogatory comments against the Prime Minister.

“PM Modi is like a poisonous snake. You may not know but the moment you touch it, you are dead”, the Congress chief said.

BJP fires back at Kharge

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took strong objections to despicable comments by the Congress president and demanded the party chief apologises to the nation for using such filthy language for Prime Minister.

Union minister Shobha Karandlaje asked to what level Congress will stoop in order to target the Prime Minister while I&B minister Anurag Thakur said that the Gandhi loyalist was going a step ahead to prove allegiance to his political masters.

BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya attacked Kharge over latter’s venomous remarks and said that this showed Congress desperation.
“Congress is losing ground in Karnataka & that is apparent on its leaders’ faces,” he said.

Kharge retracts remarks

As Kharge’s remarks triggered major political storm, the former issued a clarification and said that he was not specifically talking about any individual.

He said that by quoting poisonous, he meant BJP.

Kharge clarified that he was saying, “Their ideology is like a snake and if you try to touch it, your death is certain,”

This is not the first time that Congress leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge have made disparaging remarks against PM Modi. In one of the instances last year, Kharge had compared the Prime Minister to a 100-headed Ravan, claiming that he was omnipresent during elections. Kharge’s objectionable dig at PM Modi during Gujarat elections 2022, had created wide uproar & drew sharp reactions from the ruling party.