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Aiyar faces retort from PM, rebuke from Rahul for 'neech aadmi' remark

Aiyar faces retort from PM, rebuke from Rahul for 'neech aadmi' remark

Aiyar was axed after he made derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him "neech aadmi" (low-minded)". I am a freelance Congressman, I hold no post in the party.

Congress has suspended Mani Shankar Aiyar from the the primary membership of the party for his "neech" comments made for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

While inaugurating International Baba Saheb Ambedkar Centre in Delhi, PM Modi had accused Congress of disparaging Baba Saheb's contribution for endorsing the interests of one family.

Speaking to the media here, Aiyar said, "I meant a low-minded person when I said "neech". He is not civilised and in a situation like this, there is no need to practise such dirty politics", Aiyar said.

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"I never meant "low born".

Although Aiyar clarified that he never meant "low born" when he said "Neech Aadmi" and that he was not aware about the nuances and different interpretations of the word "neech", the Congress did not take this "gaffe" lightly.

As Aiyar's remarks that Modi was a neech aadmi (low man) in the context of his criticism of the Congress vis-a-vis BR Ambedkar set off a political firestorm, Modi, the seasoned campaigner, quickly lapped up the comment to launch a scalding attack on the Congress leader and his party, claiming the remark was a casteist slur against him. So I used "low person", I translated "low" in my mind.

"There is very deplorable and feudal mindset behind this condemnable observation that only a "waris" (heir) of the Gandhi-Nehru family can run this country and only they are capable of doing so", the BJP leader said.

Ravi Shankar Prasad questions Congress' stand on Ram Janmbhoomi case
A three-judge Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer will hear the case. The same has been said by the Law Minister many times. "Why does he have to link a Ram mandir (temple) with the elections.

In the run-up to the 2014 general election, Aiyar, a former diplomat, had sparked a similar controversy with his remarks about Modi.

After Mr Aiyar's suspension, the BJP minister in Uttar Pradesh, Siddharth Nath Singh, tweeted that the Congress should have suspended its chief Sonia Gandhi for her Maut ka Saudagar remark. How could a "chaiwallah" become the Prime Minister?

"I wish to say with full responsibility that this kind of abuses being showered on my leader and PM with alarming regularity without any check (is) being done with full approval and affirmation of Rahul Gandhi", Prasad said.

The prime minister referred to it in an election meeting in Surat and attacked the Congress leader, saying he called him a neech jaati (low caste).

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