As the controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi rakes up, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said on Monday that his comment will help the Congress party, as Mani Shankar Aiyar's 'neech aadmi' comment helped the BJP during 2017 Gujarat assembly polls.
Taking to Twitter, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir said that as the 'neech aadmi' comment against PM Modi helped BJP galvanise support for itself, PM Modi's ' 'Bhrashtachari No 1',(corrupt number 1) comment will end up helping the Congress party. She also alleged that the BJP is in a state of despair and in desperation PM Modi is making personal remarks against the Gandhis.
Mani Shankar Aiyar's 'neech aadmi' comment that Mufti has talked about was when Aiyar had launched a personal attack at Narendra Modi during Gujarat Assembly election 2017. While addressing media persons, Aiyar had said, "Now to say such bad things about this family, especially in the memory of Ambedkarji, a big statue is being inaugurated here. I feel that this man (PM Modi) is a very lowly (Neech) and degenerate person. On an occasion like this, what is the need for this dirty politics?"
On May 5, Mufti also condemned Prime Minister's comment and called late Rajiv Gandhi a true patriot. She had also alleged 'these are malicious attempts to malign a person who passed away.'
Here's what she tweeted:
The entire controversy began when Prime Minister Modi while addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh commented on Rajiv Gandhi while speaking about the corruption under the Congress governments. He said:
"Your father was termed 'Mr Clean' by his courtiers, but his life ended as 'Bhrashtachari No 1' (corrupt number 1). By hurling abuses, you cannot turn the 50 long years of Modi's Tapasya (struggle) into dust. By tarnishing my image and by making me look small, these people want to form an unstable and a weak government in the country " PM Modi said.