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Congress suspends Mani Shankar Aiyar for calling PM Modi 'neech'


New Delhi, Dec 7 (Deccan Chronicle): Mani Shankar Aiyar was on Thursday suspended from primary membership of Congress Party following his controversial remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A show cause notice has also been issued to Aiyar by Congress party over his remarks about Modi.

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, earlier 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 Congress strongly disapproved of Aiyar's remarks, with party Vice President Rahul Gandhi saying he and the party expected the leader to tender an apology.

"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.

The prime minister earlier on Thursday, 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.

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".

Later, Aiyar apologised even as he defended his remark on PM, stating that Hindi was not his 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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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Indian politicians belonging to various political parties, have a very strong tendency to let their tongues rule over their head and heart, i.e., without even pausing to think what they are saying.

    This is nothing but a display of a very serious disease called "foot-in-the-mouth", the cure for which, is, severe punishment from the Courts/Election Commission, leading to their disqualification from their elected post of "Peoples' representative", in addition to levy of very heavy penalties. These strong measures alone, will be able to nip this menace in the bud.

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  • Vineet, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    It is just Kalla-Police game by Congress, will go on till Gujarat elections. Mani Shankar will be back in the den after elections.
    People will definitely make a wise judgment out of it.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Loha lohe ko kaatatha hai. BJP and PM routinely use filthy language against political opponents is the first line of Raga's tweet on the Mani issue yesterday. Where and when do BJP or any of their leaders apologise ? Hypocrisy at its peak.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah the extra wise will now say two wrongs do not make a right but note that what goes around comes around. Action and reaction are equal and opposite (famous words 2002) and yeah the extra wise again will also say that an eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind but that is exactly where this Modi government is making India head towards today by lowering political discourse to such depths. If you give respect you will get respect.
    In a related article on the Mani issue Bollu, Mangalore gave a very fitting comment as follows :
    "Frankly Modi 's reputation has reached its nadir. People don't mind who said what about him now a days".

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Don't be in a delusion.
    Majority are still with Modi.
    Much better option than family rule.

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  • Anamika, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    This is arranged drama by cong to bring image to RaGa as a rational leader.But people know them better so it is going to boomerang.

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  • Govind, Mangalore/Chennai

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    These types of comments are Common and nothing special At All. Congress is making fool of itself by sacking iyar now ! . By sacking Iyar Congress wants to show they are still credible. All the time Congrss did not speak one word against him and it was appearing as if his statements were pleasing Congress leaders but now a different drama?. In clear sense They have betrayed Iyar by sacking him at wrong foot and Thus they want to gain Political MIleage out Of Iyars cost and finally get few more votes. They have made Iyar a scapegoat. Congress Must find out where the statements like " Mouth Ka Saudagar " originated from ? Full world knows regdg reckless statements of Dig Singh who has no control

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    This may be his personal view and he has also give clarification for his comments

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Then why did Rahul suspend him?

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  • Sheikh, Karkala

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Coz to show people that we are different. Not like BJP, who is deaf on wrong doers & wrong sayers. Under modi’s nose so many killings happened in the name of beef eating, cow slaughtering, love jehad. Last 3 & half years this what happened. To say a few developments- demonetization, GST, & what else tell me. And some inaugurations which MMS govt initiated.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    If that is so, why did nothing happen after the "Maut ka Saudagar" comment?

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  • Khursheed, Abu Dhabi

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    The whole BJP team was hunting something to fool Gujarat people.......

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  • Kiran D Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Congress has many RSS leaders who are helping the BJP during elections.
    e. g. : Digvijay Singh, Aiyar, Poonawala..etc.. etc...

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    And BJP have many leaders helping the Congress yaar - Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, Shatrughan Sinha.

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  • Mani, Karkala

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Aiyar has said NO WRONG

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    It was not Modi,but rahul who suspended him.
    So ask why did rahul suspend him ,if he has not done wrong.

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  • R Mallar, Kasaragod/Dubai

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Is it not ironic that the context of this controversy is Ambedkar, who strive for the abolition of "oonch" and "neech" classifications?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Yeshwant Sinha, Shatrugan Sinha & Mani Shankar Aiyar are all ...

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    What ever Aiyar said is not so good taste, which is not acceptable ,but same time What about Modi why he is comparing those who dead ,what is the problem of Modi if Rahul is going to temple, Let him also go to Masjid, church,gurudwaras,
    all over the place temples he is wearing head rumals,topis and when its comes to Muslim scull cap he is not accepting ,strange,

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Problem is only , why rahul this time is going to temples only?
    He hasn't visited one mosque nor church this time
    During UP he was seen visiting several mosques.
    Why give a statement that he is a shivbhakt now?
    He didn't realise it during UP election?

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  • Ravi, Kapu

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Why does he visit temples only during election time??

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Why Modi there is no foreign country visit plan now,, why he is daily travelling between delhi and gujarat, why there is no other single leader to campaign other than Modi,
    If Rahul is visiting temple does it mean he will gets all votes from Hindus? No way.

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  • Michael Noronha, Mysore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    A brilliant person but lacks common sense at times. Puts the leadership of his party under severe embarrassing situations. Before the Lok Sabha elections, it was the "Chaiwala comment" and now before the Gujarat elections the word "Neech". Good message by Rahul Gandhi to all his congressmen that loyalty and sycophancy cannot be extended to damage the party image. Though the majority of the Indians dislike Mr Modi's decisions and fall in economic growth consequent to his policies, we have to respect him as our PM.

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Majority dislikes Modi ? As per which survey ? or is it your fanciful and convenient thought which is giving you some solace?

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  • Dr.Ranjan Shetty, Falnit.Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    And those who said bad words against Dr.Manmohan are in top positions in BJP.

    That's the difference between a party with culture and cultures.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    chelas lining up to certify congis is so funny..
    list of abuses is too big for congi to suspend. even maa beta also will have to face the same consequence for their aubses on modi. LOL

    Yamraj
    Maut Ka Saudagar
    Ravan
    Gandi Nali Ka Keeda
    Monkey
    Rabies Victim
    Virus
    Bhasmasur
    Gangu Teli
    Goon

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  • Peter Saldanha, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Mani Shankar was biggest liability for congress, he along with Digvijay Singh done more damage to congress by bad mouthing...Mani shankar is pro Pakistani congress is right in showing door to him...

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  • NAGESH NAYAK, MANGALORE

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    THIS STATEMENT FROM AIYYAR FAVORED BJP A LOT, THOSE WHO WERE CONVERTED TO CONGRESS, NOW THEY WILL COME BACK TO BJP.

    PAPPU KNOWS IT, ASKS TO APOLOGISE.

    THANK U AIYYAR. THE MORE U ABUSE THE MORE BJP IS WINNING.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    bjp in gujarat all out degraded soniaji, rahulji, dr. manmohanji. neech is not a bad word. suspension should b revoked.

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  • Sheikh, Karkala

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    This is the difference between cultured grand old party & others. Everyday we get to hear so many nonsense statements made by so called bjp leaders, but I have no idea ever party leadership had taken any action so far.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Now he has a solid excuse to join BJP ...

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Is he getting paid from BJP ?
    However, BJP knows how to benefit out of such statements.

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  • Indian, Bangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Congress has set a good example for other parties to follow.

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  • Marle, Kudla

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Agree that it is a good example, but what about "Khoon ki dalali" remark made by Raga ?
    Aiyer recently criticized the party for which he paid the price I am sure this is not for the Neech remark.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Khoon ki dalali" = such bahut kadva hota hai.

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    for insults like "neech", in other situations, an FIR is ordered by a magistrate.
    At least Congress (or BJP) didn't go that far.

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  • Jamal Yusuf, Moodbidri/Doha

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Superb... Iyer....u r correct

    ...jh...

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  • Michael, Mangalore/US

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    This guy has gone out of his head to say such things at the last minutes before elections. The way he has been suspended from party shows how concerned Congress is about winning Gujarat elections. Let him go back to Pakistan again to garner support to remove Rahul Gandhi from his post as President of Congress party. If you do not the meaning of a word, don't utter it. simple as that. This has nothing but helped the BJP. Let us wait and see what happens on the 18th.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    da slave bhakts r praising rahul gandhi from unexpected love & affection from bottom of their heart.

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Ee Jana paadude paaternuvrne atth paareribokka paaduvenr??

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  • shan, dubai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Good action..... Let the other parties follow it .... They will give promotion to their leader if they are caught in same case.... i.e. Anant Kumar Hegde..... they justify him that he is correct?????

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  • Juliet N Prabhu, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    A few years ago the same Mani Shankar Aiyar went to Karachi and on Pakistani TV openly urged Pakistanis to â removeâ an elected PM of India( It being well known that ISI is sending Terrorists into India) and bring Congress back to Power! Only in a Super tolerant India would such an anti National Traitor not be immediately Jailed! Congress never saw fit to suspend him then. So blatant Anti National behaviour is okay but a Political misstep is not? This ploy of suspension is just a face saving exercise with Guj elections in mind.

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  • Desi Admi, Mangalore/ Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Mani Shankar Ayer was always speaking with tacit approval of Gandhi family. Let us remember that he said in 2014 that Modi could never become PM but he could sell tea in Congress meeting. The same Mani Shankar Ayer in a TV show in Pakistan told that he needed help of Pakistan to remove Modi to improve relation with Pakistan. 2 days back Kapil Sibal asked SC to postpone hearing on Ram Mandir till July 2019. He was opposing Ram mandir whereas Rahul declared that he was Shiva Bhakt.

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  • ABDUL RAFIQ, Uchila

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Too much. Why to suspend????

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Maa said "Maut Ka Saudagar" - Not suspended
    Pappu said "Khoon Ki Dalali" - not suspended

    then why suspend a poor loyal boot licker who never left an opportunity to show the depth of slavery in him towards the white master family?

    very bad... LOL

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  • RSRB, Kundapur/Singapur

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Please suspend Sonia Maino for Maut Ka Saudagar comment
    Please suspend Nidde Rama for Narahanthaka comment..

    Feel sorry for Mani Shankar Ayyer...

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  • SB, Mlore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Modi(50)plus Shah (50)plus Iyer(50) is equal to 150.

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Mani Shankar Aiyar ,Subramaniam Swamy ..The same coin ,,one is right oriented and the other left oriented ..both are substance less ...Modi knows to provoke and use their services ,.,
    Mani shankar aiyer even went to pakistan and said please help us to topple the Modi govt...Which is in a way self goal by the congress.
    After a longtime some sense seems to be prevailing in congress.I am surprised though...

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Is Mani Shankar wanted to become Congress President? Now no chance, vomiting something like Shehzad Poonawalla?

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  • Kiran M, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Hello KRPrabhu, Bangalore/Mangalore

    Please note, Mr. Aiyar has not been suspended for his remarks on PM and don't think congress party was hurt by his comments. But in reality, his derogatory statement has created a lot of irreparable damage to congress party within few hours of his statement. Modi, a shrewd and clever politician has already utilized this opportunity today and told Mr. Aiyar's comments are insult to people of Gujarath. Realizing this development, congress has suspended Mr. Aiyar in an effort to stop sentimental shift of Gujarath voters towards BJP, that too when few hours are left for poll. But damage has already happened and Mr. Modi already took advantage of Aiyar's remarks.

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  • roy pinto, mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    MODI IS REALLY A GOOD PERSON .

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  • Kumar, Kinnigoli

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    BUT HE DESERTED HIS WIFE. THAT IS NOT GOOD.

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  • Robin, Byndoor

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    @Kumar, Kinnigoli

    When he married and when he deserted ? May be at very young age.

    Generally a person who think about his life never leave wife.

    He decided to leave his self enjoyment and he decided to move in a different direction. His so called wife never said that Modi betrayed him. She understood very well why and what direction Modi started his journey.
    She saw modi and understood Modi better than you, me or somebody else. Let she complain first. Then let all of us join the chorus.

    There are people tried their best to take this point to make an arrow against him. No success so far.

    It is not good to say something baselessly.....

    What you say Kumar ?

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  • H.Dsouza, Kodagu / Mangaluru

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    This fellow a known Bucket in Gandhi household said Chaiwala in 2014, now he says Neech, these comments by a highly qualified Ex. IFS person like Manishankar shows his arrogant personality.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    What a irony!?!?!?... If he was in BJP, they would have hailed him as a hero with promotions and awards. Congress really is a civilized party and there are consequences for any wrong doing unlike BJP.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Maut ka Saudagar & Narahantaka are yet to be civilized in that case.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    All those phrases come under lynching class and are appropriate.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Now BJP should not accept 'Neech' Mani Shankar Aiyar ...

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Aiyar, You just now cost the congress a couple of seats.
    thankyou for the self goal.

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  • H.Dsouza, Kodagu / Mangaluru

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    True!!

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore/Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    A new chapter opened in the history of Indian politics.
    Hence people will think twice before hurling abuses against political rivals....

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Prabhumaam,

    My experience with these politicians after closely working with them at some time...all of them are 'neech'...of all political parties...perhaps except AAP...

    Even they are not 'neech' till they get political office...immediately after getting office , to maintain/sustain political office they will become 'neech'...this is my personal experience with late Vasanth Salian and Oscar....I am saying this with pain and sadness...not in anger...

    ...JH...

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  • Jacob Mendonsa, Bangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    LangoolAcharya, What U said is very true.!

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    He stated in 2014 that Modi will sell tea outside congress head quarters after general elections, rest is the history, now again he opened his foul mouth, he should respect the post Modi holds, one cannot abuse the PM of the nation like this, he is elected by the people of the nation, not selected by any particular political party

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  • Kumar, Kinnigoli

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    CONGRESS DONOT WANT TO HURT OTHERS.
    OTHER PARTIES SHOULD LEARN FROM CONGRESS THIS TYPE OF CULTURE.

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  • Anirudh P, Bengaluru

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    Kumar, Kinnigoli

    This is sheer sycophancy which everyone knows. Pappu left with no other choice as it's going to backlash during election.

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  • Deepak, MANGALURU

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.... indirectly he helped BJP in last election by calling Modi Chai wala.

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