Gujarat Election, BJP and Mani Shankar Aiyar Comment

Kelvin Reese
December 10, 2017

Reacting to Modi's jibe at Rahul, Aiyar told media: "Modi is a very cheap type of a person, he has no manners and always has a tendency to play petty politics".

PM Modi said Aiyar came from a good family, has a number of university degrees, was a diplomat for a number of years and remained a Minister in the Manmohan Singh government, but was resorting to such insults.

Speaking at a press conference in Ahmedabad on Friday, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said the Bharataiya Janata Party (BJP) should follow its vice-president Rahul Gandhi's example and rein in motormouths in its party.

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.

However, Congress also dared BJP and Modi even after dissociating itself from Aiyar's comment.

Mani Shankar Aiyar's "neech" remark has truly left the Congress cornered as it seems to have given the BJP's attacks a clear direction a day before first phase of voting in Gujarat. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM.

In the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly polls, the rebuttal between the two parties has been going back and forth, but became intense after Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's "neech" remark.

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In 2014, Mani Shankar Aiyar had called Modi a "Chai Wala" and his remark triggered a massive controversy and the BJP had termed the statement as an insult of poor.

However, Aiyar clarified that the word "neech" holds different meanings, adding he would want to apologise for the wrong translation. "If anything- we will answer them for their mindset by our votes on 9th and 14th" Modi tweeted later.

"They can call me "neech jaati". Hence, Congress had to face humiliating defeat.

Immediately after Aiyar's comment, Prasad on Thursday said: "It is the feudal, arrogant thinking that only they (Congress) can rule India and no one else".

Responding to this, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter saying, "BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party".

"Going by the prime minister's language and the allegations that he is hurling I can say that he is rattled".

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