New Delhi: The Congress Sunday sought an apology from Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after a youth flung a shoe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during an election rally in Ahmedabad Sunday.
"It is absolutely shocking... Modi has to apologise for what has been done to the PM. It is an insult to democracy," Congress spokesperson M Veerappa Moily said.
Moily said such incidents are the manifestation of "hate politics" promoted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat.
"The manner in which hate politics is being initiated by the BJP is reflected in this way. People of Gujarat are excellent but Modi has nurtured such kind of hate politics... parties should resolve to shun hate politics," he said.
Asked if the BJP was behind the incident, Moily said: "It has to be investigated."
Targeting the law and order situation in Gujarat, Moily said: "It (such incidents) reflects the kind of bad governance and law and order situation in the state."
Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Shukla described the incident as condemnable and said such incidents should not be given importance.