Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh on Saturday seemed extremely defensive on party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s ‘intemperate, malicious and sexist language’ at election meetings in Chhattisgarh but he parried all questions about them.
At a press conference in Raipur, where he is on election campaign for the November 19 assembly polls, Singh began with an advice to the Congress that its leaders should use dignified language in politics. “Yesterday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said in Madhya Pradesh that BJP is day-dreaming. There are many other instances of Congress using undignified language”, he said.
This sparked a volley of questions about BJP’s Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s ‘ Shehjade’ jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, remarks about the health of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and observations like ‘ Khooni panja’ and ‘ Jalim haath’ and other remarks during this election meetings in Chhattisgarh.
Taken aback, the BJP president sought to wriggle out of the situation saying that “I have not come across such remarks and statements”.
Singh also parried another question on Modi’s remarks, which the questioner described as sexist, that Congress was trying to bring Ajit Jogi through the backdoor like a parent presenting a good looking daughter before a prospective groom and later bringing their ‘ ugly looking’ daughter for solemnizing the marriage. “I have not read it. I can’t comment”, he added. Later, he did not respond to the question related to this issue.
Asked whether Modi’s body language and statements were befitting to the stature of a person named as a candidate for prime ministership, Rajnath Singh shot back ” What is body language ?”. As far as statements are concerned, I have not gone though them, he added.