Salman Khurshid today came under sharp attack from BJP which accused him of using abusive language against Narendra Modi but the Union Minister insisted that he has not said anything wrong while describing the BJP leader in the context of 2002 Gujarat riots.
Angry over Khurshid describing Modi as "impotent" in dealing with the post-Godhra riots, BJP demanded an immediate apology from the Congress leadership.
BJP charged Congress of being "desperate and despondent" ahead of elections and said sensing defeat, ruling party leaders have resorted to use of abusing language against Modi after failing to take on him politically. "We have strong objection to the kind of words used by Salman Khurshid. I think Salman Khurshid has studied abroad and it seems he has forgotten Indian traditions and has come down to use of abusive language and misbehaviour...We want that the Congress leadership should apologise immediately," BJP Spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
On his part, a defiant Khurshid saw nothing wrong in his description of Modi who, he said did not handle the situation properly. "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," he said.
Khurshid yesterday said in Farrukhabad, "We don't accuse you (Modi) of killing people...Hamara aarop hai ki tum 'napunsak' (impotent) ho. (Our accusation is that you are impotent). You couldn't stop the killers."
BJP leader Arun Jaitley said Khurshid has used "unacceptable" language and comments of Congress leaders are "condemnable".
Taking a jibe at Khurshid, he said, while he is normally pleasant and courteous, he is a different man when he visits his constituency in Farrukhabad.