Modi flays Cong as Ai­yar calls him

Says slur shows Con­gress­men’s ‘Mugh­lai and Sul­tanat mind­set’

The Hindu Business Line - - POLITICS - VIREN­DRA PAN­DIT PTI

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Thurs­day lam­basted Congress leader Mani Shankar Ai­yar for us­ing the word neech aadmi (vile man) against him, claim­ing he was tar­geted over his caste.

Modi, who was ad­dress­ing a mam­moth elec­tion rally in Su­rat hal­fan-hour be­fore close of cam­paign­ing for the first phase of elec­tions (De­cem­ber 9), said Ai­yar’s com­ments are an “in­sult” to Gu­jarat.

De­nounc­ing the “Mugh­lai and Sul­tanat mind­set” of the Congress and its lead­ers, he said they have lost men­tal bal­ance in the face of “im­mi­nent de­feat” in the up­com­ing Gu­jarat As­sem­bly elec­tions.

Ai­yar had called him a mem­ber of the neech jaati (low caste), a gandi naali ka keeda (crea­ture from a dirty gutter), said Modi. “This is an in­sult to the PM of In­dia, to Gu­jarat. If you are an­gry, you should show your anger by vot­ing for the BJP on De­cem­ber 9 and 14,” he said. “Ear­lier, when they called me a gad­heda (ass), I kept mum.”

In the wake of mul­ti­ple caste-based ag­i­ta­tions since 2015, Gu­jarat has seen sharp di­vi­sions along caste-lines for the first time since 1985, and both the BJP and the Congress have al­lot­ted ticket along these lines. The Aiy­erModi duel two days ahead of polling ac­cen­tu­ated the is­sue.

Aiyer said on a TV news chan­nel that while Jawa­har­lal Nehru and BR Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ad­dresses an elec­tion rally in Su­rat on Thurs­day

Breath­ing fire

Ambed­kar to­gether passed the Hindu Code Bill, Modi was say­ing “dirty things” about the Nehru-Gandhi fam­ily. “He is neech. He has no sab­hy­ata (ci­vil­ity),” he said.

Sharp re­ac­tion

Re­act­ing sharply to these com­ments, Modi said: “Did I ever say or do any­thing to show any­body in a poor light? Never mind they cast as­per­sions on my caste. I am serv­ing the low­est of the low peo­ple as Gand­hiji taught

us. Of course I am from a low caste, but I will do things that are val­ued higher.”

He fur­ther said he, his gov­ern­ment and the BJP have been vic­timised by the Congress for years.

“They called me maut ka sauda­gar (mer­chant of death). They plot­ted to send me and my min­is­ters to jail and con­tin­ued to hatch con­spir­a­cies against us.”

Modi also ap­pealed to BJP work­ers and the civil so­ci­ety not to react to Congress lead­ers’ di­a­tribes against him.

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