In a sensational newsbreak, Republic TV has confronted Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar telephonically on his triumphant 'prophecy' justification of his infamous 2017 'neech' attack against PM Modi.
The Congress leader and former diplomat who has waxed eloquent in an opinion piece justifying his classist and casteist remark which had caused a huge controversy ahead of the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections, this time, has said that he doesn't feel the need to explain himself.
He was asked by Republic TV: "Sir, in an article, you've once again used the word 'neech' for the Prime Minister. What would you like to say about this?"
In response, Mani Shankar Aiyar said: "I don't find it necessary to respond on this."
The question to Aiyar has come against the backdrop of an opinion piece where he's made himself out to be a 'prophet' regarding his December 2017 comment. Justifying the remark and calling PM Modi 'the most foul-mouthed Prime Minister', Aiyar has said 'Remember how I described him on December 7, 2017? Was I not prophetic?'
The BJP has slammed the Congress for renewing the 'neech' attack.
BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya had tweeted a reference to Sam Pitroda's '1984 Hua to Hua' shocker, connecting it to Aiyar's opinion piece:
"Upset that Sam Pitroda was getting all the attention, the irrepressible Mani Shankar Aiyar pulls Pitroda’s foot out of his mouth and puts it in his...
Reiterates and justifies his ‘Neech’ comment for PM!"
BJP spokesperson and Puri Lok Sabha election candidate Sambit Patra wrote:
What makes the return of the 'neech' attack even more nefarious and contrived is the fact that at that time (in 2017), Mani Shankar Aiyer had attempted to go back on his remark, attributing it to poor Hindi. It also renders Congress president Rahul Gandhi's repeated claim that he practices 'politics of love' versus the BJP's 'politics of hate' ring hollow.
In response to the attack in 2017, PM Modi had said that it had exposed the Congress party's 'Mughlai mindset':
Here's the original 'Neech' remark:
Following this, in what can clearly now be said to be an unconvincing attempt to use the party whip to reprimand Aiyer, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted the following:
The original source of the 'neech' remark is actually Priyanka Vadra who during the course of the 2014 campaign had accused the BJP's then PM candidate Narendra Modi of 'neech rajniti.'