Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyyar justifies his “Neech Admi” remark on PM Modi
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has justified his December 2017 remark in which he called PM Narendra Modi ‘neech aadmi’, saying that he was ‘prophetic’ in his description of Modi. In an article written in The Print, Aiyar expressed confidence that Modi would be ‘ousted’ by the voters on May 23. Calling Modi the ‘most foul-mouthed Prime Minister the country has seen’, Aiyar broke his prolonged silence that was imposed upon him by his party leadership after the December 2017 statement which backfired in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly elections.
“Modi will, in any case, be ousted by the people of India on 23 May. That would be a fitting end to the most foul-mouthed Prime Minister this country has seen or is likely to see. Remember how I described him on 7 December 2017? Was I not prophetic?” Aiyar said in an article in The Print.
In its first response to Aiyar’s article, BJP’s Amit Malviya said, “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!”
“So finally the “Jewel (मणि)” 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,” said BJP’s Sambit Patra.
In December 2017, in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly polls, Aiyar had called PM Modi a ‘neech aadmi’. “Ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai, is mein koi sabhyata nahi hai, aur aise mauke par is kisam ki gandi rajniti karne ki kya avashyakta hai?” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
His reference to the PM had whipped a political storm following which Congress president Rahul Gandhi had asked Aiyar to apologise. In the latest article, Aiyar has also referred to PM Modi’s reference to ‘cloud cover’ during the Balakot operations and about his educational qualification as well as INS Viraat.