Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today slammed Union Minister Salman Khurshid for describing Narendra Modi as "impotent" and asked him to apologise for the "regrettable" and "shameful" comment, saying it only reflects the Congress party's "desperation".
BJP leaders said Congress and its leaders have "forgotten manners and etiquettes" and asked if Sonia Gandhi approved of this comment.
"The comment is not only regrettable but shameful, coming from a person who is the foreign affairs minister of India. It is a new low. I can understand their desperation but let me ask Sonia Gandhi does she approve of this comment. Khurshid should apologise for the kind of language he has used against Modi. The desperation is there and the people will give response," said BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi advised Congress leaders to keep patience.
"They are using this kind of language as they are frustrated...All the senior leaders and ministers are aware that they would be wiped out. This kind of statements will take them nowhere.
"We would like to advise them to keep some patience. Elections will come and go, you shall reap what you sow. The people will account for your scams, your performance, your corruption with interests. Why are you so worried," he said.
The External Affairs Minister had yesterday called the Gujarat Chief Minister as "impotent".
"Some people came, attacked and went, and you couldn't protect. Are you not a strong man?," he had said.
"We don't accuse you (Modi) of killing people... Hamara aarop hai ki tum 'napunsak'(impotent) ho. (Our accusation is that you are impotent). You couldn't stop the killers," he added. 'napunsak' is a term used for impotent men in Hindi.
Another senior BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that Congress and its leaders have "forgotten manners and etiquettes" and asked Rahul Gandhi whether he had imparted this kind of training to his leaders.
"Congress is forgetting manners and etiquettes. Congress and its leaders talk of Indian culture but the kind of words they use are against Indian culture. Khurshid has studied abroad, his party gives more importance to foreign values but no Congress leader has the right to tear apart Indian culture," Hussain said.
Condemning the statement, he asked whether Rahul Gandhi has imparted this kind of training to party leaders.
"Did he ask his leaders and spokespersons that if they cannot fight Modi, they would resort to use