"Aiyar later said, "'Neech' word can have different interpretations, my intention was never to talk of PM's caste.I apologize if it also has a caste meaning.
"I don't think he is low born but his language is very, I'll say in English, is very low language".
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar to apologise to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'neech aadmi' remark saying it was not the culture of the Congress Party. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mani Shankar Aiyar to address the Prime Minister. "Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said", Gandhi tweeted.
As Aiyar's remarks that Modi was a "neech aadmi" (low man) in the context of his criticism of the Congress vis-a-vis B.R. Ambedkar snowballed, the Prime Minister referred to it in an election meeting in Surat and attacked the Congress leader, saying he called him a "neech jaati" (low caste). He asked whether prime minister Modi would dare to act similarly. One Congress leader, who has studied in best institutions, served as a diplomat, was a Minister in Cabinet, he said Modi is 'neech.' This is insulting. This was after Rahul took to Twitter to express his disapproval for Aiyar's comments. Nobody knows how many times have Congress leaders used this sort of language against Modi in the past.
This mindset of the Congress against a poor mans son, a reference to Modi, reflected its ideological bankruptcy and "Mughlai mentality", he added.
"We have seen enough insults from them". Our answer will come through the ballot box. "Have I done any neech work in my public life?" "They can keep their language we will do our work".
"They can call me "neech jaati". In our hearts we do not have this mindset and want to congratulate them for theirs.
The Congress was quick to distance itself from Aiyar's comment and said it did not suit the party's culture and heritage.
Prasad believes the comments from the Congress party "are a part of a design to demean our PM because he is born of a poor family". Is this not an insult to Gujarat?
Rahul Gandhi, who is set to take over the party as its president, said that condemned Aiyar's comments.