Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has written an article justifying the “neech aadmi” jibe he had used for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for which he was suspended from the primary membership of the party.
Aiyar refers to Jawaharlal Nehru’s education and attacks Modi for “stunningly illiterate claims”, referring to the Prime Minister’s remark that “clouds could help IAF jets escape Pakistani radar” during Balakot strike.
“Did Modi take his senior-most Air Force officers for fools that he could trot out such ridiculous unscientific rubbish before them? And were they so pusillanimous that they dared not correct such a vacuous Prime Minister?” Aiyar writes.
The congress leader further says “Modi needs to be warned that he is guilty of anti-national activity in trying to ride on the sacrifices of our army and CRPF martyrs in a dirty election campaign; of defaming the Indian Air Force by portraying them as complaisant idiots in his scientific illiteracy; and the Indian Navy as being packed at its highest echelons with traitors who would acquiesce in unauthorised foreigners being allowed to board a top of the line defence vessel.”
"But then, why bother? Modi will, in any case, be ousted by the people of India on 23 May. That would be a fitting end to the most foul-mouthed prime minister this country has seen or is likely to see,' he writes.
Hitting back at Aiyar’s remarks, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted: “So finally ...the “Jewel(à¤®à¤£à¤¿)” of the Gandhi family too has contributed to the “Politics of Love” of Rahul Gandhi in #LokSabhaEelctions2019 by defining His “Neech comment” on Modi ji as prophetic.”
So finally ...the “Jewel(à¤®à¤£à¤¿)” of the Gandhi family too has contributed to the “Politics of Love” of Rahul Gandhi in #LokSabhaEelctions2019 by defining His “Neech comment” on Modi ji as prophetic ...— Chowkidar Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) May 14, 2019
In the run-up to 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections, Aiyar had referred to Modi as a 'neech aadmi', a remark that cost his party heavily in the state.
"This person is a neech aadmi. He is not civilised and in a situation like this, there is no need to practise such dirty politics," the Congress leader had said.
Aiyar’s latest statement comes at a time when the Congress is trying to control the damage caused by the comments of senior leader Sam Pitroda on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.