Politicians must exercise restraint in Speech

Just a day after Supreme Court asked Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to apologise for his ‘RSS killed Gandhi’ remark or face trial, the nation witnessed condemnation of another politician, Dayashankar Singh, who was also the Vice President of Uttar Pradesh BJP. Dayashankar was sacked from the post and suspended from the party for 6 years for calling BSP supremo Mayawati ‘worse than a prostitute’.

While BSP and other opposition parties used the occasion to target the BJP across the country, the incident has a hidden message for the political class. Never cross the forbidden line and exercise restraint in your speech. We know what type of adjectives were used against PM Modi in the past and how Sonia Gandhi was subjected to abuse in public platforms. Even, both Modi and Sonia were accused of using words that did not suit the leaders of their stature.

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And, we have Arvind Kejriwal, the elected CM of Delhi, who called the PM a ‘Psychopath and Coward’ on Twitter and never expressed regret for his slur. He also endorsed his colleague Kapil Mishra’s tweet, which termed the PM an ‘ISI Agent’.

The politicians use slang and abuse against their rivals and then escape without any punishment. Dayashankar Singh’s case should serve an eye opener for all. Hope good sense prevails and they engage in healthy debates and discussion without hitting below the belt.

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