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Mani Shankar Aiyar controversy updates: Congress suspends him from party; BJP calls action an eyewash

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has accused Modi government of playing dirty politics in the name of the Dalit leader.

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Mani Shankar Aiyar controversy updates: Congress suspends him from party; BJP calls action an eyewash

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20:38 (ist)

Not the first time Aiyar courted controversy

Mani Shankar Aiyar is no stranger to controversy. He has in the past too, invited backlash for his rather intemperate remarks. Here are some of those instances. 

  • Elections didn't happen in Mughal time: In trying to defend the dynast tag on his party, Aiyar had created another controversy just day's ago. When Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for the post of Congress president, Aiyar had said,  “When Shah Jahan came in the place of Jahangir did any election happen? And when Aurangzeb came in place of Shah Jahan did any election happen? It was known to everyone that the throne of the king will automatically go to the heir."
  • Chaiwallah jibe : Aiyar, commenting on Modi's beginnings as a tea-sller had said that he can never become a PM in 21st century, but  if he wishes to sell tea, they can make some space for him there. Many believe that Aiyar's 'chai-wala' barb that came just ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls helped the then BJP prime ministerial candidate a great deal as he often referred to it in his campaign to highlight his humble background and attack the Congress.   
  • Calling Vajpayee nalayak : Aiyar had in 1998 called then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee a nalayak (worthless or useless). At that time too, he had used a similar defense, saying he did not quite understand the import of Hindi words. 
  • Haafiz Saeed Saab: Aiyar had once called LeT founder and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed as 'Saab (sir).' 

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Dec 07, 2017 - 21:48 (IST)

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Dec 07, 2017 - 21:46 (IST)

Congress suspends Aiyar from party; BJP calls action an eyewash

Dec 07, 2017 - 21:45 (IST)

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Dec 07, 2017 - 21:40 (IST)

Omar Abdullah backs Rahul Gandhi on action against Aiyar, says Congress VP handled neech fiasco like a leader

Dec 07, 2017 - 21:31 (IST)

Yogi Adityanath condemns Aiyar's remarks

Dec 07, 2017 - 21:29 (IST)

Maharashtra BJP leader files case against Aiyar for his remark 

Maharashtra BJP leader files case against Mani Shankar Aiyer in Ahmednagar for his Neech Aadmi remark, India Today TV reported. 

Dec 07, 2017 - 21:22 (IST)

Congress asks BJP will it dare to follow suit?

Intemperate comments by politicians are not unheard of. All parties have been at the wrong side of the debate once in a while. However, the Congress party says it has taken the first step. 

Speaking to India Today, Congress Spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said that levels of politicking have been lowered, adding that his party has taken the first step. He asked that whether the BJP would dare to follow suit. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala also tweeted a similar challenge to the BJP. 

Dec 07, 2017 - 21:08 (IST)

Congress suspends Aiyar from party, sends him showcause notice 

Dec 07, 2017 - 20:38 (IST)

'Never called Modi chaiwallah, didn't know meaning of nalayak': Aiyar defends past intemperate remarks

Mani Shankar Aiyar was asked some obvious but unpleasant questions after today's controversy, and the Congress leader obliged with a response. 

On the question of calling Narendra Modi a chaiwallah (tea-seller) in 2014, Aiyar said he never used the word chaiwallah and the video evidence of same is available. 

On a past incident from 1998 when he called then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee a nalayak (incompetent), he said he used the word thinking nalayak was an antonym of layak, but Hamid Ansari later enlightened him on the usage of the pejorative Hindi language word.   

Dec 07, 2017 - 20:38 (IST)

Not the first time Aiyar courted controversy

Mani Shankar Aiyar is no stranger to controversy. He has in the past too, invited backlash for his rather intemperate remarks. Here are some of those instances. 

  • Elections didn't happen in Mughal time: In trying to defend the dynast tag on his party, Aiyar had created another controversy just day's ago. When Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for the post of Congress president, Aiyar had said,  “When Shah Jahan came in the place of Jahangir did any election happen? And when Aurangzeb came in place of Shah Jahan did any election happen? It was known to everyone that the throne of the king will automatically go to the heir."
  • Chaiwallah jibe : Aiyar, commenting on Modi's beginnings as a tea-sller had said that he can never become a PM in 21st century, but  if he wishes to sell tea, they can make some space for him there. Many believe that Aiyar's 'chai-wala' barb that came just ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls helped the then BJP prime ministerial candidate a great deal as he often referred to it in his campaign to highlight his humble background and attack the Congress.   
  • Calling Vajpayee nalayak : Aiyar had in 1998 called then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee a nalayak (worthless or useless). At that time too, he had used a similar defense, saying he did not quite understand the import of Hindi words. 
  • Haafiz Saeed Saab: Aiyar had once called LeT founder and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed as 'Saab (sir).' 

Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar is at it again. Days after Aiyar courted controversy for invoking Mughal emperors in trying to justify Rahul Gandhi's unopposed elevation to the post of Congress President — a comment he claims was used out of context — he is again at the eye of a storm for calling the prime minister a "neech admi (a despicable man)."

However, this time around the senior Congress leader may find himself in trouble, the Congress party's President-in-waiting has reacted strongly to Aiyar's remark, asking him to apologise.

Rahul took to twitter to express his disapproval on the choice of words by Aiyar as he managed to hit out at the BJP in the same tweet.

Meanwhile, Aiyar, in a lengthy  Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a veiled attack on the Congress, accusing the party of suppressing Babasaheb Ambedkar's ideas and contribution in the nation building, senior Aiyar accused Modi of playing dirty politics in the name of the Dalit leader, in questionable language.

Talking to ANI, the senior Congress leader said, "I think one person who contributed the most toward Babasaheb Ambedkar's dream(of nation-building), was Jawaharlal Nehru, and the way Modi is talking about his contribution is condemnable at the such an occasion. I think he (Modi) is a despicable and uncultured person. Why does he need to play dirty politics on such occasion?" Modi, who was addressing an election rally in poll-bound Gujarat, was quick to respond to these comments and said that the people of Gujarat will give the Congress a befitting answer. "This shows nothing but their Mughlai mindset," Modi said. "What all have they called us- donkeys, neech, gandi naali ke keede... the people of Gujarat will give a fitting answer to such deplorable language," Modi said.  

This is not the first time, the senior Congress leader has attracted controversy over his remarks. When Rahul filed his nomination for the post of Congress president, several BJP leaders dubbed the election as 'rigged' and termed his elevation a coronation. The BJP also accused the Congress party of upholding the dynasty politics. Hitting back at BJP leaders, Aiyar had said,  “When Shah Jahan came in the place of Jahangir did any election happen? And when Aurangzeb came in place of Shah Jahan did any election happen? It was known to everyone that the throne of the king will automatically go to the heir.", reported CNN-News 18.   The report further added that Modi latched on to Aiyar's remarks and had said that the Congress loyalist was proud of his party's 'Aurangzebi Raj (dynastic traditions). In 2014, when Modi was elected as prime minister, Aiyar had made scathing remarks on him by mocking Modi's ambitions and had said that a place will be identified for the Gujarat chief minister to distribute tea. He was quoted by PTI  as saying, "I promise you in 21st Century Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister of the country...But if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him." With inputs from agencies

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