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Personal attacks in politics: Every party opposes it; but blames each other for initiating it
Which way the present Indian politics is going? Someone is threatening someone to chop-off. Someone is demanding that some particular politicos should be stripped and sent back to their country of origin. Someone is calling someone mentally ill. Are the 16th Lok Sabha elections marred with too many and too low personal attacks.

How bad this trend of making personal attacks is for the Indian politics. Why the political parties are not taking any lead to end this trend.

We spoke to some politicians, political affair experts in a bid to know their opinion on this dangerous trend.

Renuka Chodhury, Rajya Sabha MP, Congress

Renuka Chaudhary“Good conduct and certain decorum are some of the things people expect from us. Making personal attack is really very bad and is not relevant either. The strings of the Congress party is all based on those principles which had been set up by the former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and till now maintaind by Rahul Gandhi. We believe in contesting elections on our ethics and values rather attacking someone personally. It doesn't suit to the person who is a Prime Ministerial candidate to call the present prime minister Dr. Manmohan singh 'a night watchman'.

If he only behaves like that then his other party members would do the same. And if we talk about those Congress members who retaliated, Rahul Gandhi always asked them to remain silent and not to get provoked with such petty act from the opposition. We don't believe in stooping low but we believe to contest elections on our principles.”

Dr. Vijender Gupta, Senior BJP Leader:

Vijender GuptaGetting too personal at the political level is really very cheap. These personal attacks had been started by the Congress party 8 years ago when they used 'Maut Ka Saudagar' (merchant of death) barb against Narendra Modi, blaming him for the Godhra incident and the subsequent communal riots in Gujarat. And since that year till date the Congress is following the same pavement of criticism i.e personal attack. Getting personalised at political level reveals their cheap mindset. Congress's Lok Sabha candidate Imran Masood has been jailed for threatening to chop off Narendra Modi. Before this Sharad Pawar launched scathing attack against Narendra Modi, calling him mentally ill. BJP never gets personalised. The party has never dragged someone's personal life in order to knock him down. We believe in fighting on our moral values rather than getting into personalised attacks.”

Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Sr. BJP Leader:

Vijay Kumar MalhotraAn abrupt and unparliamentary talk should not exist in politics. We are contesting in Lok Sabha elections and the term of 'enmity' should be remain till that level only. It is better to mind our words. And calling Rahul Gandhi Shahzada is not a personal attack. But Congress many of times addressed Narendra modi as “Aadamkhor” (maneater) and asked him to get his mental illness cured. We have never used such words. Using abusive words like chopping off someone or making any kind of bad remarks on someone's intelligence or mental stability are not acceptable. Narendra Modi has never used such language and always believe in addressing their mates even their opponents respectfully.

Prof. Saugata Roy, MP, Trinamool Congress:

Sougata RoyPersonal attacks should not be made. Actually the model code of conduct is for all parties , which says that criticism should consist of policies and programs only but it should not be on personal matters. Dragging someone's personal life or making personal attacks isn't part of our political history. And such act of politicians are breaking model code of conduct. In past, politicians had never got too personalized in order to beat their opponents but unfortunately its' can be seen today.

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dutta, Dean, Political Science Deptt., Delhi University

Pradeep Kumar DuttaEarlier politicians used to focus on 'Casteism' and now it has shifted to 'personal attacks'. Accidental births should not be treated as a weapon, a weapon to tarnish someone's image. This series of passing comments started off when Sonia Gandhi entered in politics and declared herself a pillar of Congress. People criticised her like anything, called her non-Indian and showed their detestment towards her.”

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