Congress sus­pends Ai­yar for re­mark against PM Modi

Former MP apologises af­ter re­buke by Rahul Gandhi

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The Congress on Thurs­day sus­pended former Ra­jya Sabha MP Mani Shankar Ai­yar from pri­mary mem­ber­ship of the party and is­sued a show-cause no­tice to him for his com­ments on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

Mr. Ai­yar had ear­lier ex­pressed re­gret for his com­ments af­ter pub­lic cen­sure from Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi.

The former MP had called Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi “neech kism ka aadmi”

(a low life) in re­ac­tion to Mr. Modi’s speech at the inau­gu­ra­tion of the Ambed­kar In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre, where he ac­cused the Congress of sys­tem­at­i­cally un­der­min­ing Ambed­kar’s le­gacy. “Ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai. Is mein koi sab­hy­ata nahi hai aur aise mauke par is kisam ki gandi ra­jniti karne ki kya avashyakta hai,” he told news agency ANI.

Mr. Ai­yar does not hold any post in the party.

Af­ter the con­tro­ver­sial re­mark, Mr. Gandhi took to Twit­ter to pub­licly cen­sure Mr. Ai­yar. “BJP and PM rou­tinely use filthy lan­guage to at­tack Congress party. Congress has a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and her­itage. I do not ap­pre­ci­ate the tone and lan­guage used by Mr. Mani Shankar Ai­yar to ad­dress the PM. Both the Congress and I ex­pect him to apol­o­gise for what he said,” he tweeted.

Mani Shankar Ai­yar

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