Senior Congress leaders say Prime Minister Modi's language is unacceptable
Prime Minister Narendra Modi must be warned against using unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language that is unbecoming for someone who occupies India's top post.
This is what a group of Congress leaders, including former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, have said in a letter to the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
It is unthinkable that in our democratic polity, the Prime Minister as head of the government would utter words which are threatening, intimidating in content and a public warning to the leaders of the main opposition party, the Congress - Letter to President Ram Nath Kovind
The letter refers to PM Modi's speech at a public meeting in Karnataka on 6 May where he warned Congress leaders not to cross their limits. He added that that if they did not listen, they would pay.
The Congress leaders said the PM was not expected to use such language while campaigning. They said he would be abusing his position if he used it to settle personal scores.
The Congress letter comes a day before the results of the Karnataka election, which saw bitter campaigning from both sides.