Rahul snubs Khurshid for 'impotent' remark

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday strongly disapproved External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s remarks dubbing BJP leader Narendra Modi “impotent”.

“I do not appreciate this kind of comment... the kind of language,” Gandhi told reporters when asked for a comment on Khurshid’s statement that triggered a row.

Khurshid strirred up a controversy by calling Modi “impotent” and insisted that he had done no wrong as there was no other appropriate word to describe him in the context of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad had attacked Khurshid and claimed that some UPA ministers were trying to grab media attention by using foul language. The BJP had also asked Khurshid to apologise for the “regrettable and shameful” comment.

Addressing party workers in his Farrukhabad constituency, Khurshid had made the controversial remarks against Modi.

Later, Khurshid said his remarks should be seen only in the context of the 2002 Gujarat riots and Modi’s failure to control the situation.

”I am not his doctor. I cannot physically examine him. So, I have no business to be saying what his physical condition is. The word impotent is used in political vocabulary to show that somebody is incapable of doing something,” Khurshid said.

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