Mani Shankar Aiyar apologizes for 'neech aadmi' remark against Modi

Mani Shankar Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar

Rahul Gandhi said, "BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party".

As Aiyar's remarks that Modi was a "neech aadmi" (low man) in the context of his criticism of the Congress vis-a-vis B.R. Ambedkar snowballed, the Prime Minister referred to it in an election meeting in Surat and attacked the Congress leader, saying he called him a "neech jaati" (low caste). Congress has a different culture and heritage.

"Mani Shankar Aiyar called our Prime Minister as "neech".

"I wish to say with full responsibility that this kind of abuses being showered on my leader and PM with alarming regularity without any check (is) being done with full approval and affirmation of Rahul Gandhi", Prasad said.

"Are we going to integrate them (Muslims)?"

Aiyar's comments describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "neech kism ka aadmi" had been roundly condemned by the political establishment.

Aiyar also said that he was an ordinary worker of Congress who hasn't even been asked to campaign in Gujarat and asked why there is such a uproar over his comment. "Have I done any "neech" work?"

Rahul Gandhi, who is set to take over the party as its president, said that condemned Aiyar's comments.

While calling for dialogue with the neighbouring country, Aiyar said, "We need to work out ways of consolidating our own nationhood and one very important aspect of that is somehow creating a relationship with Islamabad which will enable Muslims living in our country not to be held responsible for what Hafiz Saeed does or did or will do". "This is an insult to Gujarat". They insulted me when I was the Chief Minister.

"Yes, I used the word "neech". There is a difference in English language between words "low" and "low-born". So if it has some other meaning then I apologize, " he told reporters after his remarks in the morning triggered a political storm. 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.

"This (the remarks) is the feudal arrogance of the Congress, as they could not digest the fact that the son of a poor tea seller has become the prime minister".

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