Aaj Ki Baat December 7 episode: Mani Shankar Aiyar's atrocious remarks

Mani Shankar Aiyar

Congress leader Anand Sharma on Saturday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign rallies in the wake of the Gujarat Assembly polls, adding he and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah had lowered the dignity of their respective positions and political debates.

Listening to Mani Shankar Aiyar's atrocious remarks, I sometimes wonder whether he is in the Congress or with the BJP.

Reacting to Modi's jibe at Rahul, Aiyar told media: "Modi is a very cheap type of a person, he has no manners and always has a tendency to play petty politics".

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.

Later the suspended leader clarified and said that he was sorry if he had hurt anyone.

On Thursday, Aiyar used the "neech" word for Modi.

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"He (PM Modi) is "neech kism ka aadmi" (a vile man) who has no "sabhyata" (civility)", he said, attacking PM Modi after the latter accused the Congress of seeking votes in Ambedkar's name but trying to erase his contribution to building India.

We tried to get a comment from MS Aiyar on the entire issue but he refused to entertain our questions after seeing the letter R on our cameraman's shirt, accusing us of being a rogue news channel. He just talked about China, Afghanistan, Babur and Aurangzeb, which is why his allies (referring to the Shiv Sena) are using such language. "They can keep their language, we will continue doing our work". "Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said". Modi ji can say anything about us.

"I beg to the people of India- please let them be".

Terming Congress party's action against Aiyar a "strategic suspension", Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked people to "see through this game". Rahul Gandhi also asked Senior party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar to apologize for his comment.

He had, in January 2014, before the Modi-wave took the nation by surprise, said "Modi would never become prime minister, but he was welcome to serve tea to Congressmen". "However, if my language has caused damage to the Congress party in Gujarat, I apologise, I apologise for using a word which can be interpreted into some other meaning".

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