Even as Mani Shankar Aiyar has renewed his infamous 2017 'neech' attack at PM Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has proposed the use of a 'new language in politics' in an attempt to reinforce his political point over how his politics is about 'love' whereas that of the BJP is about 'hate'.
Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi has lectured about fighting brutally on the issues and on ideologies but not using hate and violence against one another.
The Congress chief's proposal rings hollow, however, seeing as just minutes earlier, Mani Shankar Aiyar addressed mediapersons and defended his classist and casteist remarks, saying that he wouldn't apologise.
The controversy burst into the spotlight anew on account of Aiyar writing an opinion post where he raked up his December 2017 'Modi neech kisam ka aadmi hai' remark which had triggered enormous outrage ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections, and made himself out to be a 'prophet' over it. Justifying the remark and calling PM Modi 'the most foul-mouthed Prime Minister', Aiyer has written, 'Remember how I described him on December 7, 2017? Was I not prophetic?'
Further, while the Congress president has continued to harp on about his 'politics of love' the same hasn't filtered down to his party leaders.
Just a week earlier, the Prime Minister had read out from what he called the Congress' 'dictionary of Love' for him, listing over 50 abuses that have been used against him over the years.
In 2017, following the furore over Mani Shankar Aiyar's remark, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted about how he expected an apology for the remarks.
At that time, the Prime Minister had said that it was indicative of the Congress' 'Mughlai Mindset'.
Incidentally, 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.'