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.
The prime minister, while inaugurating the Ambedkar International Centre, had earlier on Thursday hit out at the Congress, saying parties seeking votes in the name of the architect of the Indian Constitution's name tried to erase his contribution to nation building.
He said he was not surprised at Aiyars derogatory comment against Modi, as it had been the culture of the Congress. I am a freelance Congressi, I hold no post in the party, so I can reply to PM in his language,"Mani Shankar Aiyar told ANI. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said", Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Aiyar claimed that it was the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru who recognised Ambedkar's potential.
"Aiyar later said, "'Neech' word can have different interpretations, my intention was never to talk of PM's caste.I apologize if it also has a caste meaning.
"Why was PM taking a jibe at Congress and Rahul Gandhi at the inauguration of Ambedkar International Centre?" Aiyar added that by neech he meant "low" as he thinks in English even when he speaks in Hindi.
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"Everyday PM is using foul language against our leaders".
Prime Minister Modi had said the Nehru-Gandhi family did the greatest injustice to Babasaheb Ambedkar and Sardar Patel.
Modi hit back at the Congress for Aiyar's remarks at the rally in Surat, saying, "Yes, I am from the poor section of the society and will spend every moment of my life to work for the poor, Dalits, tribals and the Other Backward Classes communities".
"I beg to the people of India, please let them be. They can keep their language we will do our work". One Congress leader, who has studied in best institutions, served as a diplomat, was a Minister in Cabinet, he said Modi is 'neech.' This is insulting. Prasad said the comment reflects the "feudalistic and arrogant thinking" of the Congress party.
"This shows the feudal arrogance and "darbari soch" inherent in the Congress party", Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here.