In Pak, He Spoke About Having Me Removed: PM Modi Attacks Mani Shankar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi aforesaid today that suspended Congress leader Mani Ravi Shankar Aiyar had spoken in Pakistan regarding “a supari to get Modi out of the way” to finish the deadlock between the 2 countries.

“Mani Shankar Aiyar told individuals when he visited Pakistan – take away Modi from the way then see what happens to India-Pakistan peace. What did he mean by removing me from the way? And what’s my crime? That I have the blessings of the people?” PM Modi aforesaid, addressing a public meeting in Banaskantha while campaign for the Gujarat election.

The allegation, a day before parts of Gujarat vote in the primary round of assembly elections, is a sign that despite Mr Aiyar’s suspension for his “Neech” slur against the Prime Minister, pressure is unlikely to ease on the Congress.

On Thursday, Mr Aiyar called PM Modi a “neech aadmi”, accusing him of “dirty politics” after the Prime Minister attacked the Congress and its 1st family the Gandhis at a function to honour Dalit icon BR Ambedkar. Hours later, PM Modi defendant Mr Aiyar of making a casteist remark. Taking his lead, numerous BJP leaders pummeled Mr Aiyar for insulting the PM and Gujarat.

Mani Shankar Aiyar was publicly punished by Rahul Gandhi for his “neech aadmi” remark.
Rahul Gandhi, who is on the verge of taking charge of the Congress party, punished Mr Aiyar saying he “didn’t appreciate his language and tone”. Displaying unusual firmness, perhaps to contain the injury in Gujarat, the 47-year-old suspended the veteran Gandhi family admirer from primary membership of the party.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responded by calling the suspension “strategic” and today, PM Modi made it clear that Mr Aiyar – or the Congress – isn’t off the hook.

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According to the Press Trust of India, Mr Aiyar made the comments in Nov 2015, during a discussion on Pakistani news channel Duniya TV. He had been asked a way to improve ties, and he reportedly said: “The 1st and the foremost factor is to get rid of Narendra Modi. only then will the talks move forward. we’ve to wait for four more years. They (panelists) are all optimists and say that we will move forward when Modi sahab is there, however, I do not assume so.”

PTI additionally quoted Mr Aiyar as saying: “Bring us (the Congress) back to power and remove them. there’s no other method (to better the relations). we’ll remove them, however till then you (Pakistan) need to wait.”

The Congress had then called the BJP’s allegation “absolute nonsense” and aforesaid Mr Aiyar had communicated to the party that he had not aforesaid any such thing.

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