Mani Shankar Aiyar apologizes for 'neech aadmi' remark against Modi

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Soon after Aiyar's remarks, the prime minister told the media, "One Congress leader, who has studied in the best institutions, served as a diplomat and was a cabinet minister, called me "neech" (low-born)".

Expressing his thoughts on Twitter, Gandhi said that it is not the Congress party's culture to use such language against political opponents. The Congress has a different culture and heritage. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mani Shankar Aiyar to address the Prime Minister. "Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said", Gandhi tweeted this afternoon. He also clarified that he thinks in English while he speaks in Hindi.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Thursday slammed the Congress Party and its leader Mani Shankar Aiyar over his low remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling it their 'strategy'.

His clarification has come after he sparked a controversy by calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "neech aadmi".

As Aiyar's remarks that Modi was a "neech aadmi" (low man) in the context of his criticism of the Congress vis-a-vis B.R. Ambedkar snowballed, the Prime Minister referred to it in an election meeting in Surat and attacked the Congress leader, saying he called him a "neech jaati" (low caste). PM Modi had retorted with, "I can not deny I was born into a "neech jaati" but is that a crime?"

In response, Aiyar said Jawaharlal Nehru had helped Ambedkar realise his dreams, and the prime minister should not make such comments.

"Mujhko lagta hai ki ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai, isme koi sabhyata nahi hai, or aise mauke par is kisam ki gandi rajniti karne ki kya avashyakta hai?" "He is not civilised and in a situation like this, there is no need to practise such dirty politics", Aiyar said.

The Congress leader has a track record of taking digs at PM Modi, referring to him as "chaiwalla" and "Aurangzeb"+ in the past. I am a freelance Congressi, I hold no post in the party, so I can reply to PM in his language", he added".

Prime Minister Modi had said the Nehru-Gandhi family did the greatest injustice to Babasaheb Ambedkar and Sardar Patel.

The Congress party has had a lead over the BJP in the election campaign for the Gujarat elections up until now.