Hours before the end of campaigning for the first phase of Gujarat assembly elections, Mani Shankar Aiyar once again did what the Congress was trying to avoid in Gujarat. And the reason behind this was party's sensible campaign against BJP and PM Modi on the grass root issues.
This is not the first time Aiyar has made a derogatory remark about the prime minister.
Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Aiyar had said that a chai wallah will never India's prime minister. "Shriman (Mr) Mani Shankar Aiyar today said that Modi is of "neech" (lower) caste and is "neech" (vile)".
Though, the Congress criticising Aiyar, distanced itself from his statement, the BJP termed the remark as an "insult to the whole of Gujarat" and alleged the remark was made on Rahul Gandhi's directions.
He asked Modi if he would "display such courage", in an apparent dig at the prime minister for not initiating action against BJP leaders who used similar language to describe Congress leaders.
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. We wish them well. "Please do not respond to the remark even on Twitter", he said. "Have I done any neech work in my public life?"
While calling for dialogue with the neighbouring country, Aiyar said, "We need to work out ways of consolidating our own nationhood and one very important aspect of that is somehow creating a relationship with Islamabad which will enable Muslims living in our country not to be held responsible for what Hafiz Saeed does or did or will do". "If anything- we will answer them for their mindset with our votes on 9th and 14th".
Modi said that the political parties who asked for votes in the name of Dr B.R. Ambedkar have lately turned into "Shiv bhakts". Hence, Congress had to face humiliating defeat.
Speaking to media, Aiyar said: "My mother tongue is not Hindi and I do not use any filthy words".
Learning lessons from the mistakes of past, Rahul rebuked Aiyar and hours later Congress suspended him from party's primary membership. These are some words or phrases the Congress has used for PM Modi in the past. The prime minister also accused the Congress leadership of having a "Mughal" mindset.