Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar justifies his ‘neech aadmi’ jibe at PM Narendra Modi, reignites dispute

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has reignited a dispute with an article in which he justifies his “neech aadmi” jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for which he was suspended two years ago.

In the opinion piece, published in Rising Kashmir and reproduced by The Print, the Congress leader attacked Modi for leading a dirty poll campaign and said he attempted to ride on the sacrifices of the army.

Aiyar said Modi was guilty of anti-national activity.
The senior Congress leader also said Modi denounces former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru because he had a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, while the PM’s “acquaintance with higher education has gone no further than lying about degrees from Delhi and Gujarat universities”.

BJP leader Amit Malviya hits back

Hitting back, BJP leader Amit Malviya said that the “irrepressible” Aiyar was upset that Sam Pitroda was getting all the attention for his “hua toh hua” remarks on the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
“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!”

Mani has contributed to Gandhi’s politics of love, mocks Sambit Patra

BJP candidate and spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted: “So finally …the “Jewel (Mani)” 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 … “

This is not the first time that Aiyar has resorted to making provocative statements against the BJP. During the 2014 national election, he remarked that the Congress would welcome Modi to serve tea after the BJP lost. The BJP returned the fire by launching a campaign titled “chai pe charcha”. ​