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Congress suspends Aiyar from primary membership over 'neech' remark

Congress suspends Aiyar from primary membership over 'neech' remark

Congress has suspended Mani Shankar Aiyar from the the primary membership of the party for his "neech" comments made for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

In a move to minimise the damage, the Congress has suspended Aiyar from the primary membership of the party and issued a show-cause notice to him.

Both Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were quick to respond to Aiyar's comment.

Earlier Rahul Gandhi had asked him to apologise for his comments, but instead of giving a clear apology, Aiyar tried to defend his comments under the umbrage of not knowing Hindi properly.

Although Aiyar clarified that he never meant "low born" when he said "Neech Aadmi" and that he was not aware about the nuances and different interpretations of the word "neech", the Congress did not take this "gaffe" lightly.

Though, the Congress criticising Aiyar, distanced itself from his statement, the BJP termed the remark as an "insult to the whole of Gujarat" and alleged the remark was made on Rahul Gandhi's directions. Just two days before Gujarat goes to vote, the senior Congress leader called Prime Minister, Narendra Modi "neech".

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The Congress party has had a lead over the BJP in the election campaign for the Gujarat elections up until now. "That is the difference between us and them". "Please do not respond to the remark even on Twitter", he said.

Aiyar, while talking to ANI, said it was the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who turned Dr Ambedkar's wish into reality and it was not correct to badmouth the Nehru-Gandhi family.

He said, "BJP and PM Modi routinely use filthy language to attack Congress but this is not our party's culture and heritage".

On 5 December, when Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for the Congress president's post, Aiyar had referred to the succession process during the Mughal rule while describing the election.

This was not the first time Aiyar's has sparked a controversy by using derogatory language against PM Modi.

"They can call me "Neech"- Yes, I am from the poor section of society and will spend every moment of my life to work for the poor, Dalits, Tribals and OBC communities".