New Delhi: Mani Shankar Aiyar, who has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “neech aadmi” in a new attack, earned a swift riposte from the Prime Minister, who said at an election rally in Gujarat, “They can call me neech(low), but I will keep doing oonche (high) work.” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asked Mr Aiyar to apologise to the Prime Minister.
Mr Aiyar was later suspended from the primary membership of the Congress and served show-cause notice for his controversial remarks. “This is the Congress leadership’s Gandhian philosophy and a sense of respect towards the opposition,” Congress spokesperson Rajdeep Surjewala tweeted.
The Congress, PM Modi said as campaigning ended for the first phase of assembly elections, has insulted his home state Gujarat. “Gujarat will reply,” he said, also stating, “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. They can keep their language, we will do our work.”
The Prime Minister described Mr Aiyar’s comment as an example of the Congress’ “Mughal values that teach to demean castes and talk about upper and lower castes.”
BJP chief Amit Shah, also campaigning in Gujarat today, said, “Yamraj, Maut Ka Saudagar, Ravan, Gandi Nali Ka Keeda, Monkey, Rabies Victim, Virus, Bhasmasur, Gangu Teli, Goon. These are some words or phrases the Congress has used for PM Modi in the past. Not much has changed. We wish them well. We will continue to serve 125 crore Indians.”