New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and a known Gandhi loyalist, Mani Shankar Aiyar, ran out of luck on Thursday as the party suspended him for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a neech aadmi (vile man) who does “dirty politics”. He has also been served a show cause notice. “Show them even a chaiwala can become a Prime Minister in this country,” BJP had screamed from the roof top. Charged by Mr Aiyar’s description of him as a neech the Prime Minister himself moved in to identify himself with the lower caste, poor and voters of Gujarat.
While describing Mr Aiyar’s remark as a “Mughal mentality”, Mr Modi openly played the OBC card. “Mani Shankar Aiyar said I belong to neech caste, I am neech, this is an insult to Gujarat,” he said in the OBC dominated Gujarat. He tore Congress to shreds and asked, “Have I done any neech work in my public life?” The BJP which apparently was struggling after decades in Gujarat polls seemed to have bounced back, thanks to Mr Aiyar’s “insult”. The BJP is now not expected to let the voters forget Mr Aiyar’s remarks till the elections are over or even after.