Bengaluru: The political discourse in the country hit a new low on Thursday when Indian National Congress MP made light of the illness of Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, who was on Wednesday admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi to get treated for swine flu.

“Amit Shah has got fever due to panic. He panicked as some MLAs (of the INC) have come back. If he topples the Congress-JD(S) government, then he will have vomiting and loose motions. That is why he got suar ka zukaam (cold of a pig),” INC leader and Rajya Sabha MP BK Hariprasad said at a party event.

Hariprasad said Shah had contracted swine flu since his party made an alleged bid to destabilise the INC-JD(S) government in Karnataka.

The remark by Hariprasad, a Rajya Sabha MP and INC general secretary, sparked an angry reaction from the BJP with the party’s Karnataka unit calling him a “rogue”. They described his remarks as “shameless” that showed his party’s “culture” and his “mental stability”.

The BJP requested INC president Rahul Gandhi to admit Hariprasad to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences(NIMHANS) in Bengaluru for treatment.

“As a few legislators have already come back, Amit Shah is shaken and has got the fever. It is not a normal fever. It is swine flu,” Hariprasad said in remarks made in Kannada in Bengaluru.

“You should know that if you try to destabilise the Karnataka government, not just swine flu, you will get vomiting and dysentery too,” he added.

Shah was Wednesday admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi for swine flu treatment.

“I have been diagnosed with swine flu for which the treatment is underway. With God’s grace and good wishes from all of you, I will recover soon,” Shah had tweeted in Hindi.

According to BJP’s media head Anil Baluni, Shah is doing well and will be discharged in a day or two.

Hariprasad made the remarks at a party protest against the alleged attempt by the BJP to dislodge the INC-JD(S) government in Karnataka by allegedly luring the ruling coalition MLAs.

“Congress MP & AICC General Secretary BK Hariprasad mocking at health condition of Sri @AmitShah ji shows his mental stability,” the Karnataka BJP said in a tweet. “This rogue needs to learn human values & is unfit to live in a civilised society. We request @RahulGandhi to admit him to NIMHANS to get some treatment,” it added.

BJP state general secretary and MLA Arvind Limbavali blamed the INC and its “culture” for Hariprasad’s comments.

“Congress & it’s culture. This Congress MP definitely needs some education & before that he needs to learn some human values. Most importantly he needs to get his mental stability checked. Anyway I hope BK Hariprasad recovers from his mental illness & start behaving civilized,” Limbavali said in a tweet.

Another BJP leader and Member of Parliament from Bengaluru North PC Mohan tweeted, “Senior Congressman BK Hariprasad’s comments about Shri Amit Shah health condition are uncivilised, shameless and a reflection of disturbed state of mind. Get well soon, Hariprasad.”

The INC Wednesday claimed that the operation by the BJP was a “flop”, as few MLAs who had allegedly gone incommunicado and were in Mumbai had shown up with its leaders.

Both the INC-JD(S) combine and the BJP have been trading charges of horse-trading against each other, ever since the political drama unfolded on Monday.