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Mani Shankar Aiyar apologizes for 'neech aadmi' remark against Modi

Mani Shankar Aiyar apologizes for 'neech aadmi' remark against Modi

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar was suspended from primary membership of Congress Party and issued him a showcause notice on Thursday.

Expressing his thoughts on Twitter, Gandhi said that it is not the Congress party's culture to use such language against political opponents.

Aiyar today kicked up a row when he called Modi a "neech" (vile man) after the prime minister, while inaugurating the Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi, hit out at the Congress, saying parties seeking votes in Ambedkar's name tried to erase his contribution to nation building. The Congress has a different culture and heritage. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mani Shankar Aiyar to address the Prime Minister. "Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said", Rahul Gandhi tweeted. Let them keep calling me "Neech" we will not respond.

"I beg to the people of India, please let them be".

In a quick damage control exercise, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi deprecated Aiyar's language against the Prime Minister and asked him to apologize which the former Union Minister did, claiming his knowledge of Hindi was not good.

PM made the remark during the the inauguration of Dr Ambedkar International Centre.

Speaking to the media here, Aiyar said, "I meant a low-minded person when I said "neech". He asked whether PM Modi would dare to act similarly.

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"This person is a "neech aadmi" (low-minded)". I tend to think in English when I speak in Hindi as Hindi is not my mother tongue.

"Yes, I am from the poor section of society and will spend every moment of my life working for the poor, Dalits, Tribals and OBC communities".

"I never meant "low born". These are some words or phrases the Congress has used for PM Modi in the past. Whatever I say they want to misinterpret.

To this end, Aiyar said he had never called the prime minister a "Chaiwala", adding, "You can go on the internet and check all the videos".

"Mani Shankar Aiyar today said I belong to "neech" caste, I am "neech" (vile), this is an insult to Gujarat", he told an election rally.

"If you are unsure of the language or facts, then you are unfit to be in politics", he said.


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