"His context was different. He was not talking about physical incapacity. He was talking about administrative incapacity," Singhvi said. (Agencies)
Singhvi was in Gujarat to appear at high court on behalf of JP Cement, in connection with a pasture land dispute petition.
"Khurshid used the term symbolically. It did not mean that in the literal or physical sense," Singhvi said.
On Modi's recent attacks on Congress for allegedly neglecting the poor and the downtrodden for 60 years, he said, "Such remarks are being made every day. Such remarks do not need any comments".
On being asked to comment about some Congress MLAs in Gujarat switching over to the BJP, he said, "Such things are not new. This is an old practice.”
On Tuesday, Khurshid had stoked a controversy by calling Modi ‘impotent’ and insisted that he did nothing wrong, since there was no other appropriate word to describe him in the context of the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Khurshid had said, "We don't accuse you (Modi) of killing people. Hamara aarop hai ki tum 'napunsak' (impotent) ho. (Our accusation is that you are impotent). You couldn't stop the killers."
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had on Thursday said that he did not appreciate the ‘impotent’ remark made by Khurshid against Narendra Modi in the context of the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
"I do not appreciate this kind of comment; this kind of language," Rahul Gandhi said, disapproving Khurshid's remark while speaking to reporters at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters.
However, a defiant Khurshid stuck to his words the next day after he made the comments and said that he did not find any other word to express himself better, asking the BJP prime ministerial candidate to admit the ‘truth’ about the riots.
"His context was different. He was not talking about physical incapacity. He was talking about administrative incapacity," Singhvi said.