New Delhi: With the Lok Sabha elections round the corner, political discourse is touching a new low with leaders attacking each other using words like "terrorists" and "impotent".
The latest to join the ugly war of words is UP Power Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shrikant Sharma who in a tweet used the word "impotent" for Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
"The comments issued at the behest of coward, impotent Congress chief Rahul Gandhi are shameful. The entire world is standing behind the BJP government's tough action against terrorists, but the Congress is weakening India's fight against terrorism with their disgusting remarks," Sharma said in a Hindi tweet, posted two days ago.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has hit out at Sharma, dragging Prime Minister Narendra Modi into the controversy in the process.
"How do they know Rahul Gandhi is impotent and Narendra Modi not? The nation wants to know. When their chief's language is so objectionable, his track record so controversial and covered in blood, it is foolish to expect parliamentary language and behaviour from his disciples," the RJD tweeted in Hindi.
Meanwhile, a video surfaced on Sunday where a National Conference (NC) leader was seen calling the Prime Minister a "terrorist".
"This is the country of Maulana Azad, Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah. An arrogant (person) and murderer cannot lead us. The paid media feels bad when I say Modi is a terrorist. What is a terrorist? I will say 'terrorist is equal to Modi and Modi is equal to terrorist'," Former NC legislator Javed Ahmed Rana said while campaigning for the Congress.
In another shocking incident, Surendra Singh, BJP legislator from UP, took a sexist jibe at UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, saying she was a dancer in Italy and that Rahul Gandhi was following his father's footsteps by inducting Sapna Choudhary into the party.
"Rahul's mother was also in the same profession in Italy and his father made her his own. He (Rahul) should also take the family tradition forward and make Sapna his own," he said, while reacting to reports that Haryanvi artiste and popular stage performer Sapna Chaudhary has joined the Congress.
Chaudhary on Sunday denied that she had joined the Congress.