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Mani Shankar calls Modi 'neech'; not appropriate, apologise, says Rahul


New Delhi, Dec 7 (Agencies): In controversial remarks, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "neech aadmi" (vile man), who does "dirty politics".

"He (Modi) is 'neech kism ka aadmi' (a vile man) who has no 'sabhyata' (civility)," he said, attacking Modi after the latter accused the Congress of seeking votes in B R Ambedkar's name but trying to erase his contribution to building India.

The prime minister, while inaugurating the Ambedkar International Centre that was conceived 23 years ago, hit out at the Congress, saying parties seeking votes in Ambedkar's name tried to erase his contribution to nation building.

"Such was his (Ambedkar's) incredible strength that when years after his demise efforts were made by such people to crush his philosophy, when efforts were made to erase his contribution towards nation building, his ideals could not be wiped out from people's memory," he said.

He said he would not be wrong in saying that "more people are still influenced by his (Ambedkar's) ideas than the family for which such efforts (to erase his contribution) were made".

Aiyar claimed that it was the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru who recognised Ambedkar's potential.

"What is the need for doing dirty politics on such an occasion?" he asked.

Reacting to Aiyar's remark, Congress President-to-be Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked the senior leader to apologise for what he had said.

"BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack Congress party. Congress has a different culture and heritage. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said," Gandhi said.

Meanwhile, Aiyar defended his remark on PM even as he apologised, stating that Hindi was not my mother tongue and that he meant low level when he used the term "neech".

"I meant low level when I said 'neech', I think in English when I speak in Hindi as Hindi is not my mother tongue. So if it has some other meaning then I apologise," he said.

"Why was PM taking a jibe at Congress and Rahul Gandhi at the inauguration of Ambedkar International Centre? Everyday PM is using foul language against our leaders. I am a freelance 'Congressi', I hold no post in the party, so I can reply to PM in his language," he added.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    I hardly believe about not knowng the meaning of hte word.Neach.when he doesnt know better not any words without knowing meaning.Need not defend latr. Word is said and remains .Good Rahul asked him to apologise.should have given a warning.Such people as ministers is a horror.whatever he is( PM)should be careful to use such words in public.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Best part of BJP campaign is that whenever they find a uphill task , they send a reporter to question Mani Shanker Iyer. He then makes their job easy.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    "Neech" is much better than lynching innocent people by BJP goonda raj and giving a deaf ear by the PM.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    SOMEONE ASK PRAKASH RAJ, DOES HE STILL THINK THERE IS NO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION ?

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Frankly Modi ,s reputation has reached its nadir.People don't mind who said what about him now a days.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Modi wont register FIR for sure.. he is not like that intolerant sidda who himself is a habitual abuser, but files FIR if he is criticized by Simha, Yaddi, hegde. etc

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    FEKU is fine but NEECH is not Acceptable ...

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  • ABD, LOS ANGELES

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Mr.AIYER IS TRUE SUPPORTER OF BJP.. "JAB BHI BOLTE HAI" BJP / MODI IS IN ADVANTAGE POSITION.

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  • PINTO, Doha/Qatar

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Mani Shankar should be expelled from Congress party immediately. His statements are an embarrassment to entire party which do more harm than doing any good.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Nothing extra ordinary. In this BJP era now, BJP is champion on comments like these. It may offended others but to BJP its thier way of communication. Get the taste of your own medicine.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    No leader in the independent india was abused as much as Modi was. It is all in the internet.. But alas, who will tell the slaves who don’t read anyting outside their white master’s legacy

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Nothing suits like Feku though

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  • NAVEEN, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    It's shows Congress culture.....

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Never in the past...., all become part of History...!!!!

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  • ravi, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    World record first time got good award

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  • ABDUL RAFIQ, Uchila

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    'Neech' is not much bad word. Congress should not become soften and party should become hardcore like BJP & Communist parties. Why always Congress bow down to others??? BJP never apologise for their derogatory remarks and never conducts probe their corruption, then why Congress have to do it? Some times some person is deserved for this kind of languages for their blunders.

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    I told already Mr Aiyyar is like ' Kolu Kottu Pettu Tinda Haage ' But this time it will have severe impact .Word Neech means many things it can be even meaning lower caste as well .
    Foul mouth is not good just during election it can cost you anything

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Who is this Mani?
    Aryan or Dravidian?

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  • JAGDISH, mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    hahahaha feeling the heat ......bow bow

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    'FEKU' is acceptable but not 'NEECH' ...

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore/Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Rahul's face value increased...

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