Didn't mean 'low-born' when I said 'neech', clarifies Aiyar

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

"BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack Congress party".

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said Aiyar's comments do not fall in line with the culture and heritage of the party. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar to address the PM. "Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said", Gandhi tweeted.

Meanwhile, Aiyar defended his remark on PM even as he apologised, stating that Hindi was not my mother tongue and that he meant low level when he used the term "neech". He also clarified that he thinks in English while he speaks in Hindi.

"Yes, I used the word "neech". 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.

"Why was PM taking a jibe at Congress and Rahul Gandhi at inauguration of a Centre on Baba Saheb Ambedkar?"

"The Congress Party has challenged the weaker and backward sections of India by calling the Prime Minister as "neech".

The crowd replied with a huge uproar saying "NO", when Modi asked them, "You all have seen me, I have been CM and PM". PM Modi had retorted with, "I can not deny I was born into a "neech jaati" but is that a crime?"

Congress VP President elect Rahul Gandhi took to twitter asking Mani Shankar Aiyar to apologise.

Aiyar claimed that it was the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru who recognised Ambedkar's potential. "Ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai, is mein koi sabhyata nahi hai, aur aise mauke par is kisam ki gandi rajniti karne ki kya avashyakta hai?"

Aiyar asked Modi: "What is the need for doing dirty politics on such an occasion?".

This is not the first time Aiyar has made a derogatory remark about the prime minister.

Without referring to Aiyar by name, the Prime Minister bemoaned that a well-educated, high-ranking politician was resorting to language that was unbecoming in a democracy.

Futher fueling the campaign rhetoric, the Prime Minister recounted the slurs hurled at him by various Congress leaders in the past and augured that their feudal mindset will guarantee their defeat in the assembly election.

The BJP had then turned the Congress leader's attack into a campaign asset - "chai pe charcha".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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