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Rebuked by Rahul Gandhi, Mani Shankar Aiyar apologises for ‘neech aadmi’ remark on PM Modi

"I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 7, 2017 8:01 pm
Rahul Gandhi on Gujarat women crime Rahul Gandhi has asked Mani Shankar Aiyar to apologise for his neech aadmi remark

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar to apologise to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘neech aadmi’ remark saying it was not the culture of the Congress Party.

“BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party. The Congress has a different culture and heritage. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said,” Gandhi tweeted this afternoon.

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Aiyar, reacting to Gandhi’s remarks, said: “Why was PM taking a jibe at Congress and Rahul Gandhi at inauguration of a Centre on Baba Saheb Ambedkar? Everyday the Prime Minister is using foul language against our leaders. I am a freelance Congressi, I hold no post in the party, so I can reply to PM in his language. I meant low level when I said ‘neech’, I think in English when I speak in Hindi as Hindi is not my mother tongue. So if it has some other meaning then I apologise. I never called Modi a low born.”

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Aiyar had earlier in the day attacked the prime minister for saying that the Congress tried to erase the contribution of BR Ambedkar in nation-building. Aiyar said the comments by the PM showed his low-level mindset and one bereft of any manners.

“Mujhko lagta hai ki ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai, isme koi sabhyata nahi hai. Aise mauke par is kisam ki gandi rajniti karne ki kya avashyakta hai? (This shows the low-level mindset of the PM and one bereft of any manners. What is the need of doing such dirty politics on such an occasion).”

In his address after inaugurating the Ambedkar International Centre at Janpath, New Delhi, Modi had said that political parties who sought votes in the name of Ambedkar were perhaps not even aware that the project was pending and, asserted, only after BJP came to power that it was fast-tracked.

“Such was his (Ambedkar) incredible strength, that when years after his demise efforts were made by such people to crush his philosophy, when efforts were made to erase his contribution towards nation-building, his ideals could not be wiped outfrom people’s memory,” PM Modi said, taking an apparent dig at the Congress.

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  1. Narasimha Prakash
    Dec 8, 2017 at 5:56 am
    THANKS A LOT MANI SHANKAR AIYER FOR BRININGING THE POLITICAL DISCOURSE TO THE GUTTER LEVEL. YOU WIN ELECTIONS FOR BJP. IF YOU HAVE ANY LEVEL OF BRAIN, YOU WOULD OFFER AN UNCONDITIONAL APOLOGY TO THE PM.
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      rishi
      Dec 7, 2017 at 11:54 pm
      spineless congressis always operated as a clout of goondas of an italian houswewife they all ended up doing "jee hujoori" to her to lead them in the 21st century India......who chose to abuse anyone to the lowest level of cheap and personal remarks in public life.....and escape from punishment by using their clout of goondas.....they have abused the PM who is respected and admired by a billion-well-wishers of a self-respecting and self-priding Nation that we are...my fear is that the President Mr. Kovind too would not be spared for his Nationalist RSS-background... by their logic, congressis openly expose themselves as being an anti-Indian breed of aliens who managed to loot the Nation for 65years and now feel frustrated as they no more are in power and therefore cannot loot Indians anymo....why don't they try Italy now ! Will the self-respecting Gujaratis....hindus, muslims christians , sikhs....teach congress a final lesson....BY BECOMING THE FIRSTCONGRESS-MUKT-PRADESH....GUJARAT !
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      1. sri r
        Dec 7, 2017 at 9:22 pm
        so why so much of importance to an ex minister of congress and infact RG has not said that. and Modi has become so low that he is using these remarks from not so prominent person in congress for his vote bank to win gujarat, shows the desperation and panic state of Modi govt. SHAME on you Mr.Modi, you are really a better actor than Amitabh
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        1. Namasivayam Chokkalingam
          Dec 7, 2017 at 9:07 pm
          Mani Sankara Ayyar has become senile.
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          1. Suryanarayana Gaddipati
            Dec 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm
            RaGa's appeal is a DRAMA!!! Arrogant congress that insulted not only entire Gujarat Community but also entire nation, should be defeated. Iyer is a SONIA's LOYAL BHAKT, RaGa's lip service never works to force Iyer so as to seek whole hearted apology from PM Patriotic Modi Ji!!! Vinaash Kaale Vipareetha Buddhi!!! End of corrupt congress in Gujarat. Vote for BJP to strengthen hands of MODI JI who is striving for betterment of nation!!!
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