Aiyar's 'neech' remark, aggressive BJP and Rahul Gandhi's master stroke

India's PM Modi addresses his supporters during a campaign meeting ahead of Gujarat state assembly election in Kalol. Reuters

"It is the last big state that Congress rules and defeating them there will go a long way to achieve Congress-Mukt Bharat target of PM Modi", said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

Mani Shankar Aiyar's "neech" remark has truly left the Congress cornered as it seems to have given the BJP's attacks a clear direction a day before first phase of voting in Gujarat.

Narendra Modi has reassured Gujarat on the eve of the first round of polls that divine forces would protect him in spite of Mani Shankar Aiyar taking out a " supari (contract for murder)" on the Prime Minister in Pakistan.

At another rally in Chhota Udaipur, Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi made a feeble attempt at damage control by saying that the Congress party acted against Aiyar.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is apparently not in the mood to let the Congress wriggle out of the controversy over veteran politician Mani Shankar Aiyar's jibe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it has termed action against the former Union Minister a "strategic suspension". Launching a volley of attacks on Congress in Gujarat's Kalol, PM Modi accused Sibal of deliberating prolonging "the Ayodhya Case when all stakeholders want an early solution'".

Reacting to PM Modi's accusations, Aiyar, using derogatory language called PM Modi a "Neech Aadmi".




He further said, "Bring us (the Congress) back to power and remove them".

"Mr. Aiyar has been a key part of BJP's election campaigning since 2014 and we hope he continues to work with us in the future as well. If anything- we will answer them for their mindset with our votes on 9th and 14th".

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was forced to intervene. "By the same standards, PM Modi will have to suspend himself (from the party)", said Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar. Finally, the Congress chose to suspend its senior leader from the party's primary membership.

"The Congress party has served a show cause notice to Mani Shankar Aiyar and suspended him from the primary membership of the party", Surjewala said. "Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said", he tweeted.

Congress also issued a show cause notice to him for calling PM Modi a "Neech Aadmi".

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