Mumbai, April 15: Senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Naresh Gujral on Tuesday drew ire in a prime time debate on Times Now news channel after saying that the Congress party would be subjected to 'collective halal' (death) in the ongoing Lok Sabha election.
Senior journalist Sankarshan Thakur first objected to Gujral for the remark and soon other panelists from various political parties and also the anchor of the programme, Editor-in-Chief of Times Now Arnab Goswami questioned him.
Gujral was speaking from Amritsar. BJP Rajya Sabha MP and National Treasurer Pitush Goyal accompanied him.
When asked to explain what he meant by 'collective halal', Gujral said the people of India would make the Congress bleed to death. Replying to Gujral, Thakur said it was right to use such language. Congress spokesperson CR Kesavan, who was present at the debate, accused the NDA (of which the SAD is a part) of using unparliamentary language.
Violation of model code of conduct through use of derogatory language has become the rule rather than the exception this Lok Sabha. Leaders across the political spectrum have been held by the Election Commission for targetting opponents in vitriolic vocabulary. Will Gujral be the latest addition in the list?