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Aiyar back, says description of Modi as ‘neech’ was ‘prophetic’

Using issues of Balakot airstrike and Modi's allegation that Rajiv Gandhi had used INS Viraat as a 'private taxi', Aiyar ranted in The Print

[pullquote]Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has justified his controversial description of PM Modi as ‘neech‘ (low born)

Aiyar has written in an article, ‘Remember how I described him on 7 December 2017? Was I not prophetic?’

Aiyar’s statement was condemned by many parties. He had apologised while describing it as a mistake of his poor Hindi[/pullquote]

New Delhi: Just before the seventh (last) phase of the Lok Sabha election, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has once again returned with a ‘neech‘ comment. Aiyar has written an article justifying his description of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “lowly” or “low born”.

During the Gujarat Assembly election, Aiyar’s statement had stirred a hornet’s nest expectedly. Later, the Congress politician had to apologise.

In the meantime today, the Congress has distanced itself from Aiyar’s latest intemperate remark, but BJP has seized the opportunity to attack Congress president Rahul Gandhi for what they call his tacit support to such elements in the party.

Talking to the media in 2017, Mani Shankar Aiyar had used the term “neech” for Prime Minister Modi. Yesterday, toeing Rahul Gandhi’s “khoon ki dalali” (pimping blood) line, Aiyar wrote, “Modi needs to be warned that he is guilty of anti-national activity in trying to ride on the sacrifices of our army and CRPF martyrs in a dirty election campaign; of defaming the Indian Air Force by portraying them as complaisant idiots in his scientific illiteracy; and the Indian Navy as being packed at its highest echelons with traitors who would acquiesce in unauthorised foreigners being allowed to board a top of the line defence vessel.”

In yesterday’s article in The Print, Aiyar cited some statements made by Modi at election rallies as also the prime minister’s interview with News Nation (television channel) where he had said he had suggested to IAF officers that they could use the cover of clouds to launch airstrikes on Pakistan and avoid detection by the enemy radars.

“This is to insult our brave airmen and, above all, the Chief of Air Staff. Not one of them was so ignorant of the fact that radar is not a telescope whose vision can be clouded over. Radar is used precisely because, whatever the weather conditions, it can pinpoint incoming aircraft. Did Modi take his senior-most Air Force officers for fools that he could trot out such ridiculous unscientific rubbish before them? And were they so pusillanimous that they dared not correct such a vacuous Prime Minister?” Aiyar wrote in The Print.

Aiyar also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise in the light of media statements by three Indian Navy officers who denied they had hosted Rajiv Gandhi during his personal trip with family and friends to an island near Lakshadweep.

When questioned by ANI, Aiyar reportedly told the news agency, “I said what I wanted to say in that article, I stand by every word. I have no desire to engage in any argument.”

“Remember how I described him on 7 December 2017? Was I not prophetic?” is how Aiyar concluded that article after predicting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP would lose this election.

Known right-of-centre intellectuals did not waste time in welcoming Aiyar after this article. Two tweets are being re-tweeted gleefully by BJP supporters.

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