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Never speak ill of any PM: Rajnath amid political slugfest on PM's remarks on Rajiv Gandhi

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Amid the ongoing political slugfest over Narendra Modi's comments on former PM Rajiv Gandhi, on Saturday said he never used foul language for any of India's premiers, irrespective of their political affiliations.

"I never use foul language for any irrespective of the political party they may belong to. Prime Minister, are not individuals, they are institutions," Singh said at an election rally here.

He appealed people to work towards strengthening the institutions of the and the

He said, "It is the duty of every party and citizen to strengthen these institutions because if these institutions start weakening, democracy will weaken, and if democracy is weak then no power in the world can save the country from a partition."

"I would not say that a party did nothing for the development of the country. Every party does something. It is just that their working styles are different," he further said.

Singh's statements hold significance as the ruling BJP and Opposition are engaged in a bitter war of words over PM Modi's comments against former Prime Minister

Modi, over the past week, dubbed Gandhi as 'corrupt no 1' and accused him of using the Navy's warship INS Viraat for vacationing with his family and friends during his tenure as prime minister.

Addressing an election rally in on May 4, Modi hit out at saying: "Your father was termed 'Mr Clean' by his courtiers, but his life ended as 'Bhrashtachari No 1' (corrupt no 1)."

At another rally in Delhi, the Prime Minister claimed that INS Viraat was used as a "personal taxi" by Gandhi family for 10 days while they were vacationing at an island.

Modi, apparently, hit back at Gandhi family to combat Congress' 'chowkidar chor hai' (the watchman is a thief) poll jibe, a reference to PM Modi who uses 'chowkidar' as a prefix to his name on

Notably, Opposition leaders have been accusing of weakening the democratic institutions of the country.

With the completion of five phases of Lok Sabha elections, a total of 118 seats will go to polls in the next two phases - May 12 and May 19 - of the seven-phase Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 17:05 IST