Suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Friday said that party has given him a lot and there is no future for India if there is no Congress. He also added, that he is ready for whatever punishment the party deems fit if the Congress party suffers any damage in Gujarat because of his 'Neech' comments against PM Modi.
If any damage has been done to Congress because of what I said or did then I am saddened by it. I had no such intention. I am ready to accept any punishment that the Congress party wants to give me: #ManiShankarAiyar on his 'Neech' comment pic.twitter.com/b9CTEOpxlc— ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2017
The Congress party also issued a show cause notice to its Rajya Sabha MP Aiyar for using derogatory language against PM Modi.
"This is Congress Gandhian leadership and respect towards its opponents. Congress party has issued a showcause notice to Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar and suspended him from party's primary membership. Will Modi also " Congress leader Randeep Surjewala tweeted on Thursday.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too disapproved of Aiyar's remarks and said both he and the party expected the senior leader to apologise. "He (Modi) is 'neech kism ka aadmi' (a vile man) who has no 'sabhyata' (civility)," Aiyar, who has often courted controversy with his off-the-cuff remarks said, attacking Modi after the latter accused the Congress of seeking votes in B R Ambedkar's but trying to erase his contribution to building India.
Aiyar asked Modi "What is the need for doing dirty politics on such an occasion?". Modi, who was in Surat, latched on to Aiyar's comments, saying it was an insult to Gujarat.
"Mani Shankar Aiyar said I belong to 'neech' caste, I am 'neech' (vile), this is an insult to Gujarat," he told an election rally. "This is Mughal mentality which hates people who even wear good clothes," he said but asked BJP workers and supporters not to respond to Aiyar's remarks.
The Congress too 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 the Congress party. The 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 on Twitter.
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