Though Rahul Gandhi, the unofficial PM-in-waiting of the Congress, criticised Masood for his venomous speech. But later the Congress scion campaigned for Masood, giving the excuse that he gave the venomus speech when he was not a Congress member.
Then it was the turn of Amit Shah, BJP's UP in-charge and a key aide to Modi, to provocate the people's sentiments. At an election rally in UP's Muzaffarnagar, the district which witnessed deadly communal riots some months back, Shah, according to a DNA report said, "This election is about voting out the government that protects and gives compensation to those who killed Jats. It is about revenge and protecting honour."
A senior journalist and political analyst Avdhesh Kumar says that such venomous speeches by the various politicians in the ongoing elections is tarnishing the country's image.
"There is nothing bad in opposing someone's ideology. Venomous statements by politicians is tarnishing the image of the nation before other countries and polluting the atmosphere. Currently India is facing a loss, a loss of prosperity. We are actually facing the scarcity of positive people who believe in good politics rather than making such scathing attacks for their selfish motives. We should better learn to make a difference between making a personal attack to reveal the real self of pervert or making personal attack to tarnish someone's image. Personal attack to reveal the real image can be appreciated but the latter part need to be opposed and banned," said Kumar.
To which extent the present Lok Sabha elections have become venomous could be understand from the fact that six FIRs have been filed against a senior cabinet minister of UP, namely Azam Khan for making inflammatory speeches at various places during his election rallies.
Taking the note of the seriousness of the hate speeches made by Azam Khan and Amit Shah, the top election body of the country has banned both the leaders from participating in any of the election rallies and delivering public speeches.
To woo voters, politicians are not leaving any stone unturned and taking highly condemnable steps. Allegedly in an attempt to woo Muslim voters, Mulayam Singh Yadav, the chief of Samajwadi Party, made a very insensitive remark on rape.
In context to death penalty awarded to the three convicts in Shakti Mill rape cases, Yadav had said that boys commit mistake and for which they should not be hanged. Political observers feel that Mulayam Singh Yadav was targeting Muslim voters, as one of the three accused was a Muslim.
The Congress leader and Union minister of steel Beni Prasad Verma is making headlines for his controversial statement's against Narendra Modi. So far three FIR's have been registered against him. Beni was even seen wearing slippers with Modi inscribed on it.
Former spokesperson of the Congress and a senior party leader Rashid Alvi say that political fight should be fought while attacking the ideology, not at the person I particular.
"Personal attack cannot be appreciated. The fight isn't at personal level but at ideological level. We should better attack ideology rather than attacking someone personally. Its is very unfortunate that presently people are more into it. Though I am not pointing at anyone but this kind of act disgrace Indian politics and debilitate the democracy of this nation," said Alvi.