New Delhi: The war of words between the Congress and the BJP has hit a new low with the parties' leaders now comparing each other to animals, insects, reptiles and mammals. BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi hit back at External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, comparing him to a cockroach.
"Salman Khurshid doesn't sound like the Foreign Minister, but he sounds like a minister for foreigners. Only one person will survive if Pakistan goes to attack with nuclear weapons and it would be Salman Khurshid, because only cockroaches can survive the nuclear attack," Lekhi said.
This came after Khurshid compared Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to the proverbial frog just out of the well. "What should I say about Modi? He is like a frog just out of the well and at a loss to find the right place for himself in the big wide world," Khurshid had said.
Khurshid's comments had come after Modi's no-holds barred attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over his Independence Day speech. Ridiculing Modi for attempting to draw a comparison between himself and the Prime Minister, Khurshid said "We are fighting election against the BJP. First he (Modi) should get hold over the BJP. Right now he is not being able to convince his party BJP itself."
Accusing Modi of acting contrary to all established norms and traditions, Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh too had said he was "over-ambitious" and "it is this very over-ambition of Modi, which is behind all this. Now there is no limit for him. He (Modi) has crossed all limits."
Meanwhile, Lekhi's remark against Khurshid comes as the BJP remains critical of the government's foreign policies amidst continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan. This also comes days after five Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Poonch.
(With additional information from PTI)