Mani Shankar Aiyar Suspended From Congress's Primary Membership After 'Neech' Remark

Mani Shankar Aiyar Suspended From Congress's Primary Membership After 'Neech' Remark

Mani Shankar Aiyar Suspended From Congress's Primary Membership After 'Neech' Remark

"BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack Congress party".

He said he was not surprised at Aiyar's derogatory comment against Modi, as it had been the culture of the Congress. "Shriman (Mr) Mani Shankar Aiyar today said that Modi is of "neech" (lower) caste and is "neech" (vile)".

Asked about Rahul Gandhi's tweet that he did not appreciate Aiyar's words to address the Prime Minister, Aiyar said he could talk about it only after meeting Gandhi. We wish them well.

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Modi said that the political parties who asked for votes in the name of Dr B.R. Ambedkar have lately turned into "Shiv bhakts".

Modi hit back at the Congress for Aiyar's remarks at the rally in Surat, saying, "Yes, I am from the poor section of the society and will spend every moment of my life to work for the poor, Dalits, tribals and the Other Backward Classes communities. Have I done any "neech" work?"

Aiyar's comment came after the Prime Minister took a swipe at Rahul during the inauguration of the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre by calling the Congress' would be President a Shiva devotee. "It is an insult to poor people of India and Gujarat". "You have seen me as chief minister for 14 years and then as prime minister".

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Meanwhile, Aiyar defended his remark on PM even as he apologised, stating that Hindi was not my mother tongue and that he meant low level when he used the term "neech".

"I don't think he is low born but his language is very, I'll say in English, is very low language". I apologize. "Neech" as I understand is a direct translation of "low". Modi and his party, the BJP had used the remarks to their advantage while reminding people that he was being targetted for having a humble background. Modi said the sort of language that the Congress leaders were using was "unacceptable" in democracy and was a result of "dynastic mentality".

Wading into the controversy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Aiyar's "neech" remark displayed a mindset that only one elite family can be a ruler and the rest are only the "neech". "I can reply to the Prime Minister in his language", he added.

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