Stoking yet another controversy, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar in an article on the Print, justified his “neech aadmi (lowly person)” jibe on Prime Minister Narendra Modi from December 2017.
In December 2017, in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly polls, Aiyar had called PM Modi a ‘neech aadmi’. “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?” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Calling Modi the ‘most foul-mouthed Prime Minister the country has seen’, Aiyar broke his prolonged silence that was imposed upon him by his party leadership after the December 2017 statement which backfired in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly elections.
“Modi will, in any case, be ousted by the people of India on 23 May. That would be a fitting end to the most foul-mouthed Prime Minister this country has seen or is likely to see. Remember how I described him on 7 December 2017? Was I not prophetic?” Aiyar said in an article on The Print.
In its first response to Aiyar’s article, BJP’s Amit Malviya said, “Upset that Sam Pitroda was getting all the attention, the irrepressible Mani Shankar Aiyar pulls Pitroda’s foot out of his mouth… Reiterates and justifies his ‘Neech’ comment for PM!”
“So finally …the “Jewel(मणि)” of the Gandhi family too has contributed to the “Politics of Love” of Rahul Gandhi in #LokSabhaEelctions2019 by defining His “Neech comment” on Modi ji as prophetic,” said BJP’s Sambit Patra.