Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a blistering attack at Congress on Tuesday, raising the "Neech" comment made by the party's senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar which erupted massive controversy during the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections.
Speaking at a rally in Chandigarh, PM Modi highlighted the "Neech" remark made by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar during Gujarat Assembly elections and slammed the Rahul Gandhi-led Grand Old party for removing the leader in the light of the controversy and then reinstating him back after the situation calmed down.
Furthermore adding to the controversy, Mani Shankar Aiyar, in an article on May 13, justified his "Neech" remark and reiterated the same insult against the Prime Minister days ahead of the final phase of Lok Sabha election. In his first response at the Congress leader's recent remarks, PM Modi said:
"Remember when Gujarat Elections were underway, then their (Gandhi family's) close aide and an important minister (Mani Shankar Aiyar) in their government, had said that Modi is "Neech". Someone (Mani Shankar Aiyar) said that he (PM Modi) is from a "neech" caste, a storm broke in Gujarat. They (Congress) created the drama, they removed him from the party. They showed it off and then after a few days, brought him back in the party."
In an article on Monday, Aiyar reiterated the comment and justified the Neech remark while writing, “What 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?”
On December 7, 2017, Aiyar’s highly controversial ‘Neech’ remark against Prime Minister which labelled Narendra Modi as "neech kisam ka aadmi" changed the Gujarat assembly election. Aiyar had said, ‘Mujhko lagta hai ki ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai, isme koi sabhyata nahi hai, or aise mauke par is kisam ki gandi rajniti karne ki kya avashyakta hai?’ which translates to: "I feel that this man (PM Modi) is a very lowly and degenerate person. On an occasion like this, what is the need for this dirty politics?"
Later, the Congres leader refused to apologise for his remarks and defended himself by saying that he has been targeted by the media.