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Modi tears into Aiyar again while Rahul attempts damage control

Modi tears into Aiyar again while Rahul attempts damage control”

Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh condemned the Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's statement for calling.

Of course, all hell broke loose with the PM himself taking Aiyar's statement out of context, for maximum theatrics of tragedy and farce, at his election rally in Gujarat with added relish and masala of falsehoods and claims. "He is not civilised and in a situation like this, there is no need to practise such dirty politics", Aiyar said. So, not surprisingly, when Aiyar referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as "neech" (lowly, despicable, cowardly, among 72 other meanings in Google translations) it certainly did not mean "low caste".

PM Modi also hit back at Congress after this remark and grabbed it as an opportunity offered to him on a platter.

"Mr. Aiyar has been a key part of BJP's election campaigning since 2014 and we hope he continues to work with us in the future as well".

Another Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that while they threw a leader who insulted the prime minister, the BJP and its leaders are continuing insulting Rahul Gandhi. "The strength of India's Democracy will be displayed when a person of humble background politically defeats the dynasty and its representatives", he said in another tweet. "If anything- we will answer them for their mindset by our votes on 9th and 14th" Modi tweeted later. Let them keep calling me "Neech" we will not respond.

On Thursday, Aiyar used the "neech" word for Modi. We do not have this mindset and want to congratulate them for theirs.

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Terming Congress party's action against Aiyar a "strategic suspension", Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked people to "see through this game". Congress has issued a showcause notice to Aiyar and suspended him from the primary membership of the party.

Rahul Gandhi had yesterday asked Aiyar to apologise to Modi as he does not "appreciate the tone and language" used by his senior party colleague.

To this end, Aiyar said he had never called the prime minister a "Chaiwala", adding, "You can go on the internet and check all the videos".

PM Modi pounced on Aiyar with renewed vigour.

Led by party vice president Rahul Gandhi, Congress was giving a neck to neck fight to BJP for the first time in last 22 years in Gujarat. Earlier, during 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he had called Modi a "Chai wala", and the BJP had taken advantage of the controversy by terming it "insult of poor".



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