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Cong suspends Aiyar over ‘neech’ jibe against PM

Published on 7 Dec. 2017 11:44 PM IST
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Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has been suspended from primary membership of the party and issued him a showcause notice following his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi who he termed a “neech aadmi” (vile man) on Thursday. 
According to Hindustan Times, the remark triggered sharp reactions from the BJP and censure from his own party two days before voting starts in the Gujarat Assembly elections.
“He (Modi) is ‘neech kism ka aadmi’ (a vile man) who has no ‘sabhyata’ (civility),” Aiyar said, attacking Modi after the prime minister accused the Congress of seeking votes in BR Ambedkar’s name but trying to erase his contribution to building India.
Earlier, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had expressed his displeasure at the tone and language Aiyar had used. “Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.
Within minutes, Aiyar said he was responding to the “foul language” being used by the PM daily against Congress leaders. “I am a freelance Congressi, I hold no post in the party, so I can reply to Prime Minister in his language,” he said.
However, Aiyar clarified that he did not mean “low-born” when using the term ‘neech’. “Neech word can have different interpretations, my intention was never to talk of PM’s caste.I apologise if it also has a caste meaning.”
Modi blamed it on Aiyar’s “Mughal mentality” at a rally in Surat and warned that the remarks would have consequences in the elections.
BJP’s national Information & Technology in-charge took a jab at congress by tweeting “Mani Shankar Aiyar has been suspended from the Congress party not because he called the Prime Minister ‘neech’ but because he refused to apologise even after Rahul Gandhi instructed him to do so. There is a definitive cost for violating dynasty’s orders, that is how the family rules!”

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