BJP condemns Aiyar's remarks, call it Congress' strategy

Mani Shankar Aiyar must apologize Rahul Gandhi on'neech remark row

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi

Retaliating at senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's "neech" jibe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP on Thursday said the Congress leaders remark reeked of feudal arrogance and "darbari soch" (sycophancy) that is inherent in the Congress party. "BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party", Gandhi said on Twitter.

Aiyar's comment came after the Prime Minister took a swipe at Rahul during the inauguration of the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre by calling the Congress' would be President a Shiva devotee.

He said he was not surprised at Aiyars derogatory comment against Modi, as it had been the culture of the Congress.

"Mani Shankar Aiyar has called our prime minister "neech".

Aiyar, while talking to ANI, said it was the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who turned Dr Ambedkar's wish into reality and it was not correct to badmouth the Nehru-Gandhi family. I did not mean low born when I used the word "neech aadmi".

While appealing to the people to vote for BJP, the PM said, "Nothing can stop me from giving back to the poor what belongs to them". Aiyar added that by neech he meant "low" as he thinks in English even when he speaks in Hindi.

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"I never called Mr. Modi a "chaiwala", you can go on the internet and check all the videos", he told reporters when asked about his remark in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

In a series of tweets, Modi has tried to snub Aiyar's comment. "This is nothing but a mindset that of the Mughals", PM Modi said.

The prime minister said he has "nothing to say" to say to such people, and his answer to them will "reflect through the ballot box".

Moments after Rahul Gandhi's tweet, Mani Shankar Aiyar sought to clarify his statement and said he was just replying to PM Modi in his language. Let them keep calling me "neech" we will not respond.

Aiyar on Thursday called PM Modi a "neech aadmi" (low-born) for appropriating Babasaheb Ambedkar for his election campaign for the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections. "In our hearts we do not have this mindset and want to congratulate them for theirs", the PM said.

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