A BA pass from Hansraj could not have written that letter: Aiyar

Aiyar used these words to describe Maken's educational standing and raise doubts over whether Maken actually wrote the letter to the PM where Aiyar was accused of being an 'obstructionist' to the CommonWealth games by the Sports Minister.

FP Staff September 12, 2011 21:03:32 IST

When Sports Minister Ajay Maken wrote to the PM accusing Mani Shankar Aiyar of being an "obstructionist" in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games, little did he know that he would get it back in spades.

In a TV interview, Aiyar held up Maken's letter for ridicule. How, he asked, could a BA pass from Hansraj College use big words like 'dichotomous.' Apparently only Stephanians and Doon Goons like Aiyar know a few more words from the dictionary.

In an interview to CNN-IBN, Aiyar kept emphasising that BA pass boys from Hansraj would not know what the word 'dichotomous' meant and insisted that the interviewer confirm the authenticity of the letter allegedly sent by Maken to Manmohan Singh. Maken accused Aiyar of misleading the government on the Commonwealth games.

A BA pass from Hansraj could not have written that letter Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar. Reuters.

But Aiyar was in full flow and could not be stopped. The other worthy to be at the receiving end of his jibes was Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek "Scrooge" Alhuwalia. Apparently, Aiyar had to work hard to 'squeeze money' from this Scrooge for his rural sports schemes. He also alleged that the Ministry of Sports had become a useless one after he had left the ministry. He was probably referring to the scholastic abilities of incumbents.

As usual Aiyar chose to defend his stint at the Sports Ministry by taking personal digs at Ajay Maken rather than backing it up with just facts. He also implied that it was perhaps Maken's secretary who had written the letter since she was more highly educated than Maken himself.

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