Zee Media Bureau
Thiruvananthapuram: Three days after Narendra Modi launched a sharp attack against AK Antony, calling him a "Pakistan`s agent", the Defence Minister on Saturday said the Gujarat Chief Minister`s comments did not suit a prime ministerial candidate.
He also said that Modi`s comments were an insult to the Indian Army.
"I doubt if any true patriot of our country would make such a reference because this will demoralise the armed forces. It was an inappropriate comment from a PM candidate," said Antony.
He was interacting with the media here in Kerala`s capital as part of an election-related meet organised by the Press Club here.
"I am not personally pained by his remarks and am not one who will react in the same manner attacking individuals. But he attacking our weapons will indirectly benefit the enemy. Let the people of India judge," added Antony.
On March 26, while addressing a rally at Hira Nagar, Kathua, in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP leader launched a strong attack on both the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, and went to the extent of calling Antony and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party "Pakistan`s agents".
Modi said there were three AK`s which were posing serious threat to the country.
"These are AK-47 used by terrorists who shed Indian blood through these weapons. Then there is AK Antony, the defence minister, who says Indian soldiers were beheaded by people wearing uniforms of the Pakistan Army when the (Indian) Army said clearly the soldiers were beheaded by Pakistani Armymen."
"The latest in AK threats is AK-49," Modi said, taking a dig at the AAP led by Kejriwal, who was the chief minister of Delhi for 49 days.
"In his map, Kashmir is in Pakistan. A senior member of his party is going hoarse demanding plebiscite in Kashmir. Pakistan is dancing over their statements," Modi said.
Kejriwal had reacted to Modi`s jibe, saying it did not suit a prime ministerial candidate.
"He should focus on issues and not get into bad mouthing," Kejriwal had told reporters in Varanasi.
(With IANS inputs)