Published: Чт, Декабря 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

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

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

Aiyar, who had once called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "chaiwala" or "tea-seller", on Thursday attacked the PM calling him "neech aadmi" or "low person" after the latter took a jibe at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at the inauguration of the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre.

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

He said he was not surprised at Aiyars derogatory comment against Modi, as it had been the culture of the Congress.

Mani Shankar's controversial remarks came after the Prime Minister earlier in the day said parties seeking votes in BR Ambedkar's name tried to erase his contribution in nation building and did little to build the Ambedkar International Centre conceived 23 years ago.

"The Congress party has served a show cause notice to Mani Shankar Aiyar and suspended him from the primary membership of the party", Surjewala said. "I am an ordinary worker of Congress, have not even been asked to campaign in Gujarat so why such a uproar over my comment?"

"I beg to the people of India, please let them be".

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi said he do not agree with the language used by Aiyar. He asked whether PM Modi would dare to act similarly.

"They can call me "Neech"- Yes, I am from the poor section of society and will spend every moment of my life to work for the poor, Dalits, Tribals and OBC communities". I never meant low-born. I did not mean low born when I used the word "neech aadmi".

Speaking to ANI, Aiyar had said, "Ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai, is mein koi sabhyata nahi hai, aur aise mauke par is kisam ki gandi rajniti karne ki kya avashyakta hai?" In English there's a clear distinction between "low" and "low born". Why would he use such a low language for the Congress on such an occasion.

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". The prime minister also accused the Congress leadership of having a "Mughal" mindset. So if it has some other meaning then I apologise.

"If you are unsure of the language or facts, then you are unfit to be in politics", he said.

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