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Twitterati Are In No Mood To Spare Mani Shankar Aiyar For His ‘Neech Aadmi’ Jibe At PM Modi

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3:45 pm 8 Dec, 2017

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Just ahead of Gujarat elections, senior Congress leader and an old Gandhi family loyalist, Mani Shankar Aiyar, left the grand old party in an embarrassing situation as he called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “neech kisam ka aadmi.” In a quick damage control exercise, Congress suspended him from its primary membership and the A K Antony-headed disciplinary action committee issued him a show-cause notice. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too deplored Aiyar’s language against the prime minister and asked him to apologise, which the former Union Minister did, a he claimed that his knowledge of Hindi was not good.

Senior Congress leader and an old Gandhi family loyalist, Mani Shankar Aiyar News18

Mani Shankar Aiyar’s “neech” remark is third such attempt from the Congress camp that has enabled PM Modi and BJP to seize the opportunity and turn it into their favour.

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Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala tweeted and said the action of the party showed respect for the political rival. He asked whether prime minister Modi would dare to act similarly.

 

However, The BJP termed the action an eyewash.

PM Modi claimed the remark was a casteist slur against him.

 

An election rally in Surat, the Prime Minister said: “They can call me neech jaati. 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 backward classes. That is my culture. They can keep their language, we will do our work.”

The prime minister also said that Aiyar has a number of university degrees, was a diplomat for a number of years, but was resorting to such insults.

The whole episode was enough to give fodder to Twitterati:


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The first phase of polling in Gujarat will begin on December 9. It will see people exercising their franchise in 89 out of 182 seats in the sensitive Saurashtra and South Gujarat districts.

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