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

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked senior party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar to apologise for his "neech" barb against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He wrote, "BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party".

The swift reaction by Congress followed Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi berating Aiyar for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "neech" person. Congress has a different culture and heritage. "I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologize for what he said", Gandhi said.

The people of Gujarat would teach the "anti-OBC, anti-ST and anti-poor" Congress a lesson in the upcoming polls, Shah said.

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Aiyar, reacting to Gandhi's remarks, said: "Why was PM taking a jibe at Congress and Rahul Gandhi at inauguration of a Centre on Baba Saheb Ambedkar?"

Modi, who was addressing an election rally here, said Aiyar's comments were an "insult" to Gujarat. I did not mean low born when I used the word "neech aadmi". "They can keep up with their language, we will do our work".

The BJP stood for decency, good values and development, and it would continue to serve the 125 crore people of India, he added. Is this not an insult to Gujarat?

"I don't think he is low born but his language is very, I'll say in English, is very low language". "You have seen me as chief minister for 14 years and then as prime minister". He said, if "neech" has any other connotations, he is sorry for using the term. Modi further reminded the people of what has been said earlier by Congress and its allies.

Wading into the controversy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Aiyar's "neech" remark displayed a mindset that only one elite family can be a ruler and the rest are only the "neech".

"This (the remarks) is the feudal arrogance of the Congress, as they could not digest the fact that the son of a poor tea seller has become the prime minister".

The prime minister said he has "nothing to say" to say to such people, and his answer to them will "reflect through the ballot box".

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