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Ready to face any punishment if Congress suffers damage in Gujarat elections: Aiyar

Aiyar, on Thursday, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “neech aadmi” who does “dirty politics” after the latter targeted the Congress saying that parties seeking votes in BR Ambedkar’s name tried to erase his contribution to nation building the party.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 8, 2017 2:10 pm
Ready to face any punishment if Congress suffers any damage in Gujarat elections: Aiyar Suspended Congress Mani Shankar Aiyar ( Express file photo)

Suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Friday said he is ready to face whatever punishment the party deems fit if they suffer any damage in the Gujarat assembly polls because of his comments, reported PTI.

Aiyar, on Thursday, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “neech aadmi” who does “dirty politics” after the latter targeted the Congress saying that parties seeking votes in BR Ambedkar’s name tried to erase his contribution to nation building the party.

“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),” the 76-year-old had said.

In response to the furore, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi told him to apologise 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 yesterday afternoon.

Speaking to reporters in the national capital, Aiyar, however, issued an apology and said, “Why was PM taking a jibe at Congress and Rahul Gandhi at the 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.”

Later in the evening, the Congress Party suspended Aiyar and also issued a show-cause notice to him for his remarks.

PM Modi also lambasted Aiyar for using the word “neech aadmi” (vile man) for him, claiming he was targeted over his caste.

During a rally in Surat, the prime minister said Aiyar’s comments were an “insult” to Gujarat. “Shriman (Mr) Mani Shankar Aiyar today said that Modi is of ‘neech’ (lower) caste and is ‘neech’ (vile). Is this not an insult to Gujarat? This is a Mughal mentality where if such a person (who comes from a humble background) wears good clothes in a village, they have a problem,” Modi said.

Gujarat goes to polls in two phases-December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will take place on December 18.

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  1. Barb Dewyre
    Dec 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm
    Respect has to be earned. Modi has lowered the level of political discourse that even a self respecting chaiwallah would. Now that he is getting it back he cries foul. There is a difference between neech jati and just neech. Even a brahamin can be a neech person by virtue of his actions and a Dalit could be held in higher regard than the brahamins for his deeds. Aiyar called him a neech person and there was nothing wrong in that.
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    1. Chaitanya Pal Singh
      Dec 8, 2017 at 7:12 pm
      Nice answer bro but as a representative of congress its his responsibilty to respect not modi but prime minister .. i am not a fan of modi or rahul or this person ....but we have to respect the the post ..its our duty to respect it we are party or not .....so in this case rahul gandhi earn my respect because he stay with p.m. (in respect to party ) And trust me bjp can't do this ...to exapt there party members mistake so they dont get respect from me
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      SubbuI
      Dec 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm
      MANI SHANKAR IYER SAID THE RIGHT THING BUT AT WRONG TIME. NEEH MODI IS LEACHING ON IT TI POLARISE THE GUJARATH VOTE NOW ON CAST DIVIDE .IF TRUTH PREVAILS IS TRUE THIS HYPOCRATE NALAYANMODI WILL BE DEFEATED IF NOT NOW THE N SURELY IN 2019
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        Girish
        Dec 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm
        you are a BJP stooge and BJP has used you time and again to polarise people and all sort of dirty tricks to get into power. You should have been thrown out of the party long back along with some more of your team
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          Anuradha Kalhan
          Dec 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm
          Mani Shankar is among the tallest leaders of the Congress. A few of Congress leaders fall into the category of learned, capable, absolutely clean and wise. He is among them. What he said is not untrue only it must not be said at all. You see the fact that so many people/ leaders fall into the category of 'neech' is not because they were born that way but because they were not taught and made better , they were not civilized. As a society we have to worry about that a lot more than we do. We obsess about growth and how greed is good for growth and that is all and we have done it unabashedly for 25 years!! We gave birth to so many more 'neech' and grist for fascist mills.
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          1. vikas vivek
            Dec 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm
            so a contest between a neech and barwali may low lives win
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