Former PM Manmohan Singh writes to President: Caution PM Modi for using threatening language against Congress leaders

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, May 14: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday wrote to President of India Ram Nath Kovind complaining against ‘unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language’ used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the letter, Singh asked the President to caution Modi from using foul language against the leaders of the Congress Party or any other party of a person as it does not behove position of the Prime Minister.

The two-page letter has been signed by senior Congress leaders – Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former finance minister P Chidambaram, Motilal Vora, Mallikarjun Kharge, Karan Singh, Mukul Wasnik, Kamal Nath, Ambika Soni, Ashok Gehlot, Digvijaya Singh and others.

The Congress pointed out the negation of Constitutional oath by the Prime Minister and his unacceptable conduct.

Read here full text of the letter : 

Respected Rashtrapati ji, The Prime Minister of India holds a very special position under the Constitution of India. He heads the Union Cabinet to which the Union Executive reports and takes orders. On assumption of the office of the Prime Minister, the following oath of the office is administered:

“I, ___, do swear in the name of God/solemnly affirm that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established, that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, that I will faithfully and conscientiously discharge my duties as the Prime Minister for the Union and that I will do right to all manner of people in accordance with the Constitution and the law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will. I will not directly or indirectly affirm, communicate or reveal to any person or persons any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as the Prime Minister for the Union except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as such Minister.”

In the past, all Prime Ministers of India have maintained immense dignity and decorum in the discharge of a public or private functions/actions. It is unthinkable that in our democratic polity, the Prime Minister as Head of the Government would utter words which are threatening, intimidating in content and a public warning to the leaders and members of main opposition party i.e. Indian National Congress.

The Prime Minister on 06th May 2018 A Hubli p Karnataka in his public speech delivered the following address (In Hindi): Video Link-https://www.voutube.com/watch?v=7rRpte2qChk The threat held by the Prime Minister to the INC’s leadership deserves to be condemned. This cannot be the language of the Prime Minister of a constitutionally governed country of 1.3 Billion people. Such discourse whether in public or private is unacceptable conduct. The words used are menacing and intimidating with intent to insult and provoke breach of the peace.

The Congress Party is the oldest party in India and has faced many challenges and threats. The Congress leadership has always exhibited courage and fearlessness in facing threat and challenges. We would like to state that neither the party nor our leaders will be cowed down by such threats.

The President of India as the constitutional head of the Union of India enjoys high duty and obligation to advise and guide the Prime Minister and his cabinet. Admittedly, the Prime Minister is not expected to use menacing language even in the course of election campaign which tantamounts to using his powers and privileges as the Prime Minister to settle personal and political scores.

Hon’ble President may caution the Prime Minister from using such unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language against leaders of the Congress Party or any other party or person as it does not behove the position of the Prime Minister With Regards.

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