Aiyar faces retort from PM, rebuke from Rahul for 'neech aadmi' remark

Modi who was addressing an election rally in Surat said Aiyar's comments were an 'insult' to Gujarat

The Congress was quick to distance itself from Aiyar's comment and said it did not suit the party's culture and heritage.

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

Asked about Rahul Gandhi's tweet that he did not appreciate Aiyar's words to address the Prime Minister, Aiyar said he could talk about it only after meeting Gandhi.

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".

"I don't think he is low born but his language is very, I'll say in English, is very low language. The word I used has different meanings and the meaning Prime Minister Modi is making out is not what I meant".

In a resounding rejoinder to Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar calling him "neech aadmi",+ Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that remarks of this ilk were indicative of the Congress party's "Mughlai mindset". "I am a freelance Congressman", Mani Shankar Aiyar said, adding that he will apologise for his remarks if they have hurt the Prime Minister. While talking to media about the Ambedkar International Centre that was inaugurated by PM Modi earlier on Thursday.

While appealing to the people to vote for BJP, the PM said, "Nothing can stop me from giving back to the poor what belongs to them".

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Aiyar said it was the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who turned Dr Ambedkar's wish into reality and it was not correct to badmouth the Nehru-Gandhi family.

"This person is a "neech aadmi" (low-minded)". "What is the need for doing dirty politics on such an occasion", he asked.

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

"If you are unsure of the language or facts, then you are unfit to be in politics", he said referring to Aiyar's defence that Hindi was not his language.

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 Congress party has had a lead over the BJP in the election campaign for the Gujarat elections up until now.

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