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BJP MLA calls Sonia Gandhi a ‘vish kanya’, Pak agent; Cong asks PM to expel him

Apr 28, 2023 02:24 PM IST

On Thursday, Mallikarjun Kharge, who told an election meeting in Gadag district that “Modi is like a venomous snake”, backtracked from his comment and clarified that he was talking about the BJP’s ideology, not an individual

A day after Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge ignited a row by likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a snake, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator in Karnataka Basanagouda Yatnal hit back at the Congress on Friday, calling the party’s former president Sonia Gandhi a “vish kanya” and an agent of China and Pakistan.

BJP MLA Basanagouda Yatnal is a former minister (Twitter/Screenshot)

“The entire world has accepted PM Modi. America welcomes PM with a red carpet and he’s attained the status of a global leader. The Congress compares him to a cobra and says he’s poisonous. Congress leaders are dancing on the orders of Sonia Gandhi and making such comments. She is a Vish Kanye? She is an agent for China and Pakistan, who destroyed India,” the 59-year-old BJP leader said in Koppal on Friday.

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On Thursday, Kharge, who told an election meeting in Gadag district that “Modi is like a venomous snake”, backtracked from his comment hours later following a barrage of criticism. Kharge insisted that he didn’t intend to hurt anyone’s feelings and stressed that he never meant to target Modi but the BJP’s ideology. “My statement was neither for PM Modi personally nor for any other person, but for the ideology he represents,” Kharge tweeted.

Congress leaders on Friday rushed to condemn the BJP legislator’s attack on Sonia Gandhi and accused the BJP and its top leaders of hurling abuses and insults at Sonia Gandhi.

“Every election, they hurl new abuses to insult Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji, who has led her entire life with utmost dignity and grace. BJP continues to stoop to new lows, with their filthy language against our leaders. Modi ji, do you endorse these words?” Congress general secretary KC Venugopal tweeted.

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said the BJP and its leaders in Karnataka have lost their mental and political balance. “Facing a complete rout in the assembly elections, BJP leadership is frustrated to the core and is hurling filth and muck, which is the product of their ugly character and dirty mindset of denigrating and insulting the Congress Leadership. They have lost all sense of propriety, political balance and even a remote iota of decency and decorum,” he said.

Karnataka goes to the polls on May 10 and the Congress is hoping to dislodge the BJP.

Surjewala said this was the worst kind of abuse hurled upon Sonia Gandhi. “BJP leadership and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi have made a profession of abusing the Nehru Gandhi Family. PM Modi himself has, in the past, called Smt Sonia Gandhi as “Congress Ki Vidhwa” and even used filthy language like calling her “Jersey Cow”.... The character and dignity of Shri Narendra Modi will be tested today. If Prime Minister has even an iota of decency or dignity, he should immediately expel Shri Basangouda Patil Yatnal from the Bharatiya Janata Party,” he said.

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