Modi tears into Aiyar again while Rahul attempts damage control

Oscar Cross
December 10, 2017

Congress is trying to take the lead from the anti-incumbency emerged in the state against BJP due to various issues whether it is farmer's distress, the dissatisfaction of Patidars from "Gujrat Model", Dalit's unrest due to Una incident, discontent over demonetisation and disastrous implementation of GST. No one in the Congress can use demeaning language against the PM.

Another Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said the prime minister and other BJP leaders use derogatory words for the father of the nation, and also for Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.

BJP senior leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also called the expulsion of Mani Shankar Aiyar from the party a strategy and tweeted, "Mani Shankar Aiyar's "Neech" -attack on Prime Minister- a deliberate casteist statement, a convenient apology, a strategic suspension".

Aiyar did apologise for what he called his poor command of Hindi. "He is not civilised and in a situation like this, there is no need to practise such dirty politics".

As Aiyar's remarks that PM Modi was a "neech aadmi" (low-life) in the context of his criticism of the Congress vis-a-vis B.R. Ambedkar snowballed, the Prime Minister referred to it in an election meeting in Surat and attacked the Congress leader, saying he had called him a "neech jaati" (low caste). Let them keep calling me "Neech" we will not respond. Modi ji can say anything about us. "That I have blessings of the people?" the PM said at a rally in Gujarat. Defeat is scaring him and the BJP in the face.

Hours before the end of campaigning for first phase of Gujarat polls, Aiyar's controversial remark against PM Modi brought Congress back in the defensive mode, but Rahul Gandhi interfered timely and stopped the controversy from escalating.

Further, Mr. Patra added,"We know that Mr. Aiyar has been suspended from Congress party but surely that won't stop him from making these comments, old habits die hard". One Congress leader, who has studied in best institutions, served as a diplomat, was a Minister in Cabinet, he said Modi is 'neech.' This is insulting.

Rahul Gandhi had yesterday asked Aiyar to apologise to Modi as he does not "appreciate the tone and language" used by his senior party colleague. Earlier, during 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he had called Modi a "Chai wala", and the BJP had taken advantage of the controversy by terming it "insult of poor".

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