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

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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.

Sharma further said that the BJP had dragged the political discourse to a new low.

"The Congress Party has challenged the weaker and backward sections of India by calling the Prime Minister as "Neech".

On the same yardstick, if Modiji shows the same morality then Modiji will have to suspend himself, as he used some bad words for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, besides against other leaders", Kumar said. "Mani Shankar Aiyer's "Neech' - attack on Prime Minister - a deliberate casteist statement, a convenient apology, a strategic suspension".

PM Modi also hit back at Congress after this remark and grabbed it as an opportunity offered to him on a platter.

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Aiyar did apologise for what he called his poor command of Hindi.

In a series of tweets, Modi has tried to snub Aiyar's comment. "The strength of India's Democracy will be displayed when a person of humble background politically defeats the dynasty and its representatives", he said in another tweet.

He said Mani Shankar Aiyar's comments on the prime minister are "distasteful and unacceptable" and the Congress culture and traditions do not allow such statements. Let them keep calling me "Neech" we will not respond. He just has to say something similar to his Chaiwala comment or this Neech Aadmi thing and we will take it from there. In our hearts we do not have this mindset and want to congratulate them for theirs.

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala? on Thursday took to Twitter to apprise of the development. "This is the only difference between the BJP and Congress", he said. Rahul Gandhi also asked Senior party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar to apologize for his comment.

The BJP's campaign has been sneakily communal - whether it is party president Amit Shah asking why the Congress and its leaders were soft on Rohingya Muslim refugees (whom the BJP refers to as terrorists), or when UP CM Adityanath exhorted at his rallies to shout "Bharat Mata ki Jai" so loud so as to be heard in Pakistan. "However, if my language has caused damage to the Congress party in Gujarat, I apologise, I apologise for using a word which can be interpreted into some other meaning".

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