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07 December 2017, 06:35 | Opal Carroll
Mani Shankar Aiyar apologizes for 'neech aadmi' remark against Modi
He wrote, "BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party".
The senior Congressman questioned why the PM was taking a jibe at Congress and Rahul Gandhi at inauguration of a Centre on Baba Saheb Ambedkar referring to Modi's comment during the event that parties seeking votes in Ambedkar's name tried to erase his contribution to nation building. The Congress has a different culture and heritage.
"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. This was after Rahul took to Twitter to express his disapproval for Aiyar's comments. We wish them well.
In January 2014, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Aiyar had dismissed Modi - the BJP's prime ministerial candidate - as "chaiwalla".
Aiyar said his statement was lost in translation as he never meant to say that the PM was a low born.
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In a quick damage control exercise, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi deprecated Aiyar's language against the Prime Minister and asked him to apologize which the former Union Minister did, claiming his knowledge of Hindi was not good.
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". There is a difference in English language between words "low" and "low-born'". "They called me "Maut Ka Saudagar" and wanted to jail me", he said. Is this not an insult to Gujarat? "But in Hindi if low means low-born, then I tender apology", he told reporters.
"Yes, I used the word "neech". 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 Congress had insulted him even when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. "I can reply to the Prime Minister in his language", he added.
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