Salman Khurshid defends Modi 'impotent' remark
External Affairs Minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has defended his recent controversial comment of calling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi an impotent'.
Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, he said that he appreciates Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's disapproval of the use of such language.
"I appreciate what Mr Rahul Gandhi said and I don't need to answer any more questions," he said.
On being asked whether he could have rephrased his opinion in a better way, Khurshid said, "Provided you can give me the word. You tell me Salman you could have used this word, I would be happy to do it."
"I was speaking to a Hindi audience, I couldn't have used English language. Now please do not subject your English vocabulary to this kind of preference over Hindi vocabulary," Khurshid defended.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had said he condemns the "impotent" remark made by Khurshid against Modi.
"I condemn the remark. I do not appreciate this kind of language," said Gandhi.
Khurshid earlier also defended his "impotent" remark on Modi.
"I am not questioning Modi's sexuality. We often use the word 'impotent' in Hindi and English. In fact, I have borrowed the word from media channels. When someone fails to do something, he is called impotent," Khurshid said.
Khurshid had started a political storm by calling Modi an 'impotent' man.
Targetting Modi over the 2002 Gujarat riots, Khurshid said: "I want to ask only one question - you (Modi) claim to be such a strong and powerful man and wish to be the PM, but you could not protect the people of Godhra?"
"Some people came, attacked and went away, and you just did nothing. We are not accusing you of killing people. Hamara aarop hai ki tum napunsak ho. (Our accusation is that you are impotent). You couldn't stop the killers," Khurshid said at a rally at his Lok Sabha constituency Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh.
(Posted on 09-03-2014)