Modi can never become PM, can sell tea: Mani Shankar Aiyar

Earlier Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal had also made similar remarks against Modi, saying that a person who used to sell tea cannot have a national perspective.

New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2014 5:54 pm
Aiyar's remarks comes against the backdrop of Modi's reference to his own socio-economic background and humble origins at rallies. Aiyar’s remarks comes against the backdrop of Modi’s reference to his own socio-economic background and humble origins at rallies.

In remarks that are likely to stoke a controversy, Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar on Friday mocked Narendra Modi’s Prime Ministerial ambitions and said a place will be identified for the Gujarat Chief Minister to distribute tea here.

“I promise you in 21st Century Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister of the country. …But if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him,” Aiyar said at the venue of the AICC meeting here.

Aiyar’s remarks comes against the backdrop of Modi’s reference to his own socio-economic background and humble origins at rallies while targeting the Gandhi-Nehru family.

Modi has said that people who are ruling at the Centre “don’t know what poverty is all about, but I know it.”

The Gujarat Chief Minister has said that he was born in a poor family, and have seen and lived in poverty.

“I have sold tea at the railway station and in running trains …those selling tea in trains know more about railways than the minister,” Modi had said at a rally in Patna.

When he was six years old, Modi helped his father sell tea to passengers whenever an odd train came into the small Vadnagar station in Gujarat, according to a book titled “The anatomy of Narendra Modi–the man and his politics” authored by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay.

Earlier Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal had also made similar remarks against Modi, saying that a person who used to sell tea cannot have a national perspective.

“Narendra Modi wants to become a PM. Someone rising from a tea shop can never have a national perspective. Like, if you make a ‘sipahi’ (constable) as ‘kaptan’ (Superintendent of Police), he can never have SP’s approach but will have that of a constable,” Agarwal had said in Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh.

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    Paneerselvan
    Jul 11, 2017 at 8:20 pm
    DA DAI MADAYA IYER PAPPAN. UN MUJIYUM NEEYUM. neesonia veettil kakoos kazhuvuveda.
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    Arvind
    Jan 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm
    Perhaps Mr. Shankar is an elitist and looks down upon tea sellers. The lessons of Mahatma hi are lost upon this self absorbed politician. It is a greatness of the Indian people and our tolerant democratic society, that despite people like Mr. Aiyar, a tea seller has become a successful Chief Ministry and is a strong contender for the PM spot. I think these congress politicians believe that the PM is a king whereas he or she is merely a elected representative of the people, except Mr. Manmohan Singh who is an appointed PM without a base
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    Dr.Kylasanatha Pillay
    Jan 17, 2014 at 11:01 am
    Maninshankar Ayer is a foulmouthed politician. He is a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha.His comments on Modi are that of an irrelevant politician trying to curry favour with Rahul whose father he served like chaprasy.By attacking Modi Ayer is belittling the dominant public opinion of Indians who rates Modi to be the most suitable statesman to lead India. Ayer should have maintained the dignity of a nominated member of the Upper House the Parliament PM Nehru said on May 13th 1953 that nominated members do not represent political parties. Then how can Ayer address the AICC? He has done violence to article 80 of the consution.But there is no meaning in asking him to resign on moral or ethical or legal grounds because Ayer may be learned, having studied in elitist insutions,but his knowledge as Hamlet says about the grave-diggers,"knowledge ill-inhabited". And Modi needs no certificates from the likes of Manishankar Ayer. When his party is sure of not requring a prime ministerial candidate as the writing on the wall is clear by now to the Cong.leadership about the certain post-poll scenario of a Cong.electorally discarded by the Enlightened public of India, people like Ayer are making sounds agalnst Mod's candidature for prime ministership. Sometimes at early dusk we hear jackals howling at the RISING SUN. Let jackals howl , SUN will rise and shine brightlyover the national fremament of India that is Bharat.
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    gopal baldaniya
    Feb 27, 2014 at 6:46 am
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    gopal baldaniya
    Feb 27, 2014 at 6:46 am
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    gopal baldaniya
    Feb 27, 2014 at 6:47 am
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    les_madras
    Jan 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm
    These congress jokers are socialists who believe that everybody is equal but some are more equal. Throw the bums out!
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    SONEJI
    Jan 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    One absolutely feels shocked with the culture imbibed by Mani Shanker Iyer who was a student from Doon School and represented IFS cadre. With due respect, his is a glaring case that it is not the school and the cadre which imbibe in you the qualities but it is the company in which u remain substantially and probably in this case solely influence the qualities acquired by him. It is reflection of sheer arrogance and clear sign and certainty of 'fall of congress' in posterity.These so called leaders of Congress have, it appears, lost control on their senses and therefore resort to such 'uncivilized', 'derogatory', 'belitting' and 'denigrating' language not at all being the stature they enjoy in the party. Rahulji on one had says that Congress needs to learn from others and their own party men are speaking such 'filthy' language. It is increasingly becoming increasing clear in the minds of the peole that Congress is following dual standards - ' preaching or speaking something and practising/doing something something else. They are totally exposed totally and this gimmick would not work any longer now. Through such 'undesirable and unhealthy' comments, the congress is as such greatly wiping out the 'bad deeds' of Shri Narendrabhai allegedly committed in the eyes of the congress party. 2014 Election results will show them where do these so called leaders stand in the eyes of the citizens of this great nation.
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