New Delhi: Taking strong exception to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s controversial remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the CBI raid in the AAP leader’s office, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday questioned if vulgarity was the new norm of Indian politics.
In the wake the CBI raid ‘in his office’ over corruption charges against his secretary, Kejriwal had called Modi a “coward and psychopath”.
“Is vulgarity the new norm of Indian politics? I hope not,” Jaitley wrote in a Facebook post.
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Jaitley wrote that some months ago a few Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party made statements which were not appreciated even by the Party. The Party President cautioned them and advised them to refrain from making such statements.
“The result of the caution is visible… What about the statements made by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi about the Prime Minister and others, both inside and outside Delhi Assembly? If any functionary of the Government of India were to use such language, it would witness a nationwide outrage. People in positions are expected to act with restraint. They cannot be outlandish.”
Jaitley opined that vulgarity was not a right available to them and that the political discourse could not be couched in vulgar language.
“Falsehood delivered with vulgar overtones is not a substitute of truth. Lumpenisation of public discourse can never be the high point of politics. Functionaries of the Delhi Government and its supporters have lowered the level of political discourse. They rely heavily on general falsehood without ever stating the specifics. The Aam Aadmi Party’s success in Delhi seems to have misled the Congress Party that vulgarity brings votes. Indian public opinion has a sense of fairness. It is time that public opinion expresses its outrage against the lowering of the level of public discourse (sic).”