#BattleForGujarat: "Neech" comment creates a controversy

Aiyar's 'neech' remark reeks of feudal arrogance, says BJP

Aiyar's 'neech' remark reeks of feudal arrogance, says BJP

Congress heavyweight leader Mani Shankar Aiyar was suspended from the primary membership of the party for calling PM Modi a "Neech Aadmi" and offering a lukewarm apology despite Rahul Gandhi's rebuke.

"The Congress Party has challenged the weaker and backward sections of India by calling the Prime Minister as neech". He also maintained that he never called Modi a "low born". "I am an ordinary worker of Congress, have not even been asked to campaign in Gujarat so why such a uproar over my comment?" "Have I done any neech work in my public life?" That is my culture. "They can keep their language, we will do our work", Modi told an election rally in Surat. The ally which is forever at odds with the BJP, said in a recent editorial in Saamna that the Gujarat polls have "turned Rahul Gandhi into a leader" and "the BJP should have a big heart and accept this". "This is an insult to Gujarat".

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He said Aiyar was speaking out of the "Mughlai mindset" that "sees everyone as "neech". I appeal to all BJP activists not to retort. But answer them on December 9 and 14 (voting days)... Voting results would mean what low caste means when everyone votes for the BJP. He wrote, "BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party".

"The Congress has a different culture and heritage", Rahul, who is tipped to take over as Congress president soon, said. Everyday the Prime Minister is using foul language against our leaders. Do I apologise about the word that is translated which says "low born"?

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Prasad alleged that Aiyar targetted Modi because the latter had questioned the delayed conferring of Bharat Ratna - the country's highest civilian award - on Dalit icon Ambedkar and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. "The word I used has different meanings and the meaning Prime Minister Modi is making out is not what I meant". Now, I am not a Hindi speaker and I translate from English to Hindi.

Referring to PM Modi, he said, "This person is a "Neech Aadmi". If it happened to mean something else. I never meant low-born. I tend to think in English when I speak in Hindi as Hindi is not my mother tongue.

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Modi said, "I beg to the people of India- please let them be". I am a freelance Congressi, I hold no post in the party, so I can reply to PM in his language.

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