Aiyar faces retort from PM, rebuke from Rahul for 'neech aadmi' remark

Mani Shankar Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar has done it again.

Congress leaders have a problem if someone like him (Modi) wears good clothes, the prime minister said, in an apparent reference to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's "suit-boot ki sarkar" jibe in the past.

"This is Congress party's Gandhiwaad and sense of respect towards its rivals". But even before it could wake up to the political fallout of Aiyar's remark, the Prime Minister hit back saying the move "was an insult of Gujarat". This is an insult to the great legacy of India.

The Congress party has had a lead over the BJP in the election campaign for the Gujarat elections up until now.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also slammed Mani Shankar Aiyar for calling him "neech" and said his comment showed the "Mughalai Mindset" of the Congress.

Aiyars controversial comment came after Modi accused the Congress of seeking votes in B R Ambedkars name but trying to erase his contribution to nation building. He told a rally, "Yamraj, Maut Ka Saudagar, Ravan, Gandi Nali Ka Keeda, Monkey, Rabies Victim, Virus, Bhasmasur, Gangu Teli, Goon. We are damaging our own nationhood by enabling Islamabad to continue being considered enemy territory for no reason other than that it is inhabited and created by Muslims", Aiyar further said.

Modi said, "I beg to the people of India- please let them be". I never did anything bad that made people of Gujarat hang their heads in shame. "If I am from a neech caste, I feel proud because I can do good work for society". "Will Modi ji display such courage", he asked. "Voting results would mean what low caste means when everyone votes for the BJP".

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He said he followed in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and worked for the uplift of the poor.

He also said, "I never called Mr. Modi a "Chaiwala", you can go on the internet and check all the videos". There is a difference in English language between words "low" and "low-born'". "You have seen me as chief minister for 14 years and then as prime minister".

He said Gujarat will teach a lesson to the Congress on December 18, the day votes would be counted. In a tweet, Shah listed "phrases" used by the Congress against Modi in the past.

"The Congress party has lost its mental balance as it knows it is going to lose this election".

He said, the Congress had forgotten public decorum after a string of disappointing losses in these states. "What Aiyar said is an insult to all the poor and downtrodden citizens of Gujarat and of this country". I have been through this earlier as Chief Minister when they called me Maut ka Saudagar.

"That is not my way".

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