In controversial remarks, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "neech aadmi" (vile man), who does "dirty politics". "BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party", Gandhi said on Twitter.
With just two days to go for Gujarat polls, the political slugfest continued with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday taking a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, saying, "The political parties ask for votes in Baba Saheb's name". The Congress has a different culture and heritage. I am a freelance Congressi, I hold no post in the party, so I can reply to PM in his language,"Mani Shankar Aiyar told ANI. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologize for what he said", Gandhi said. Aiyar said the comments by the PM showed his low-level mindset and one bereft of any manners. They have their language and we have our work.
Prasad alleged that Aiyar targetted Modi because the latter had questioned the delayed conferring of Bharat Ratna - the countrys highest civilian award - on Dalit icon Ambedkar and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Modi, who was addressing an election rally here, said Aiyar's comments were an "insult" to Gujarat.
"I meant low level when I said "neech", I think in English when I speak in Hindi as Hindi is not my mother tongue".
Mr. Aiyar claimed that it was the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who recognised Ambedkar's potential. "I never called Modi a low born". "They can keep their language we will do our work". Is this not an insult to Gujarat?
The BJP stood for decency, good values and development, and it would continue to serve the 125 crore people of India, he added.
"Yes, I used the word "neech". So if it has some other meaning then I apologise", he said. "As far as I am concerned the bulk of my remarks dealt with Modi's very, very nasty remarks about the Congress, particularly with Gandhi's relationship with Ambedkar".
"This (the remarks) is the feudal arrogance of the Congress, as they could not digest the fact that the son of a poor tea seller has become the prime minister".