Mani Shankar Aiyar Photograph: (WION Web Team)
Congress veteran Mani Shankar Aiyar has been suspended from Congress
Mani Shankar Aiyar was today suspended from primary membership of the Congress.
In a rally in Surat in Gujarat today, PM Modi had said Congress veteran Mani Shankar Aiyar had allegedly called him "neech".
A show cause notice has also been issued to Mani Shankar Aiyar by Congress over his remarks about PM Modi.
"Congress leaders are speaking in a language that is not acceptable in a democracy. One Congress leader, who has studied in best institutions, served as a diplomat, was a Minister in Cabinet, said Modi is 'Neech.' This is insulting. This is nothing but a Mughalai mindset," PM Modi had said at an election rally in Gujarat.
BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party. The Congress has a different culture and heritage. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said.— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 7, 2017
Mani Shankar Aiyar had retorted saying that "Everyday PM is using foul language against our leaders. I am a freelance Congressi, I hold no post in the party, so I can reply to PM in his language."
Congress vice-president intervened and asked Aiyar to apologise for his use of language against PM Modi.
"The Congress has a different culture and heritage. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM," the Congress leader tweeted.
"Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said," he added.
Aiyar, however, remained defiant and said: I meant low level when I said "neech", I think in English when I speak in Hindi as Hindi is not my mother tongue."
He added that he never called the PM a "tea seller" which had become cropped up during 2014 election.
'Neech' word can have different interpretations, my intention was never to talk of PM's caste, Mani Shankar said later.
"I apologize if it also has a caste meaning. I am an ordinary worker of Congress, I have not even been asked to campaign in Gujarat so why such an uproar over my comment?", Aiyar said.