Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has gone and made a personal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet again. Before a crucial election, yet again.
Aiyar, who famously dismissed Modi in 2014 as a ‘chaiwallah’, called PM Modi a “low-life” who is practising “dirty politics”.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Aiyar said, “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?” (This man is a low-life person, he isn’t cultured… at this moment why does he need to practise such dirty politics?).
Aiyar’s comments came in response to PM Narenda Modi launching a subtle attack on Jawaharlal Nehru at a rally in Gujarat today. Without naming the first Prime Minister, PM Modi said, “Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s contribution to nation building is very important, there had been attempts to undermine his role, but such attempts were unsuccessful.”
In response, Aiyar told ANI that Jawaharlal Nehru played the biggest role in furthering BR Amedkar’s wishes before going on to make his “low-life person” comment.
For the Bharatiya Janata Party, Aiyar’s comments today could turn out to be a blessing, just like they did in 2014, post his ‘chaiwallah’ statement. Then PM candidate Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders went to town using Aiyar’s comments to portray Congress as an elitist party that does not care about the poor.