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Mani Shankar Aiyar justifies ''neech'' jibe against PM, BJP retorts strongly
 
New Delhi/Shimla: After months of silence, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar was back in the news on Tuesday with an article justifying his "neech" jibe against Narendra Modi, and also calling him the most "foul-mouthed" prime minister the country has seen. The article, published in Rising Kashmir and The Print, drew sharp retorts from the Bharatiya Janata Party, which called him "abuser-in-chief" and described his party as arrogant.

In the article, Aiyar also slammed Modi on a series of issues and asked, "Remember how I described him on 7 December 2017? Was I not prophetic?" In 2017, the former Union minister called Modi "neech aadmi" following which he was suspended from the Congress party. Justifying that comment, Aiyar said in his article, "Modi will, in any case, be ousted by the people of India on 23 May. That would be a fitting end to the most foul-mouthed prime minister this country has seen or is likely to see. Remember how I described him on 7 December 2017? Was I not prophetic?" Later, in Shimla, when reporters questioned him on the controversy, Aiyar said it was just one line in his article and he will not get involved in media''s “games”. "I am a fool, but not such a big fool,” he said.

BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao put out a tweet saying "Abuser-in-chief'' Aiyar" had returned to justify his 2017 ''Neech'' jibe. "... Aiyar then apologized & hid behind poor Hindi excuse. Now he says he was prophetic. Congr revoked his suspension last year for filthy outburst.Double speak & arrogance of @INCIndia on display again!" he said. "Pak-crony Aiyar has the audacity to call PM ''anti-national''. Nation knows that @narendramodi ji is the epitome of ''Rashtra Bhakti''. Aiyar is known for ''Parivar Bhakti'' as a (political) slave of the dynasty. It isn''t surprising at all that all abusers are close Gandhi confidants." Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh also seized on Aiyar''s justification for his "neech aadmi" jibe against Modi, saying no Indian prime minister has been "abused" as much as him, and asked the Congress to respond on its leader''s comments.

The Congress had suspended Aiyar after his personal attack on Modi, he noted, but the opposition party revoked his suspension later. BJP''s IT Cell head Amit Malviya also referred to Congress leader Sam Pitroda, in the spotlight for his "hua to hua" remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. "Upset that Sam Pitroda was getting all the attention, the irrepressible Mani Shankar Aiyar pulls Pitroda''s foot out of his mouth and puts it in his...Reiterates and justifies his ‘Neech'' comment for PM!" he said on Twitter. In the article, Aiyar said he has found out why Modi "loathes" Jawaharlal Nehru so much -- because Nehru had a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and was convinced that to pull Indians out of superstition, modern India must cultivate a “scientific temper”. This, Aiyar said, drives Hindutva supporters "nuts because they like to believe the ''udan khatolas'' of mythology were the earliest F-16s to be invented by Hindus, and that Hindu plastic surgery, not a transplant operation, is what led to an elephant''s head surmounting Lord Ganesh."

"Both these stunningly illiterate claims come from the mouth of none less than the Prime Minister of our country, whose acquaintance with higher education has gone no further than lying about degrees from Delhi and Gujarat universities that he never got and who can obviously not tell a scientific proposition from a ‘dhokla''," Aiyar wrote. He also referred to Modi''s recent comment that he ordered the Indian Air Force to strike at Balakot despite heavy cloud cover because he believed that heavy cloud cover at the time would allow Indian jets to evade Pakistani radar. "This is to insult our brave airmen and, above all, the Chief of Air Staff. Not one of them was so ignorant of the fact that radar is not a telescope whose vision can be clouded over. Radar is used precisely because, whatever the weather conditions, it can pinpoint incoming aircraft," Aiyar asked.

"Did Modi take his senior-most Air Force officers for fools that he could trot out such ridiculous unscientific rubbish before them? And were they so pusillanimous that they dared not correct such a vacuous Prime Minister?" he wrote in the article, which comes as the long-drawn election process draws to a close with the final phase of voting scheduled on May 19. Aiyar wrote that Modi needs to be warned that he is "guilty of anti-national activity in trying to ride on the sacrifices of our army and CRPF martyrs in a dirty election campaign; of defaming the Indian Air Force by portraying them as complaisant idiots in his scientific illiteracy."


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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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KERALA NEWS
Rahul elected from Wayanad LS seat
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