Senior Congress leader from Karnataka, TB Jayachandra has stoked a new controversy by saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be burnt alive. “Prime Minister Modi had said (during demonetization) that give me 15 days or you can burn me alive. Now the time has come to do exactly that. If he has any self respect then he should quit and go,” Jayachandra was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
#WATCH Congress leader and former Karnataka Minister TB Jayachandra says 'Prime Minister Modi had said (during demonetization) that give me 15 days or you can burn me alive. Now the time has come to do exactly that. If he has any self respect then he should quit and go.' pic.twitter.com/YFFvLgrmEl
— ANI (@ANI) November 9, 2018
The remark came while he was addressing the media during a protest event against Modi Government, on the completion of two years of demonetization. On 8th November, 2016, in a major decision, the Narendra Modi Government had banned all the high-value notes in circulation at that time, through demonetization.
However later justifying his comments, Jayachandra said that he only reiterated what the Prime Minister had himself said, “It’s his own statement, I am just reminding him. I said nothing wrong,” reportedly said the Congress leader.
Meanwhile many have alleged this to be yet another attempt from the Congress party to demean the post of Prime Minister. Hitting out at Jayachandra for his remarks, Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyurappa said that the Congress leaders have lost their mental stability. He further said that TB Jayachandra’s statement is a matter of shame and he should immediately apologise for statements, failing which a defamation suit will be filed against the former Law Minister Jayachandra.
This is not the first time when the Congress leaders have made objectionable or abusive remarks about the Prime Minister. Recently, Andhra Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Saturday referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an ‘Anaconda’ and had asked if there was a “bigger anaconda” than Modi.
Congress leader, Sanjay Nirupam had once referred to the Prime Minister as “illiterate and uncouth.” Also during campaigns for Gujarat assembly polls last year, another senior Congress leader, Mani Shankar Aiyer had called the Prime Minister a “neech insaan (lowly person).”