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Aiyar's suspension 'strategic', people should see through this

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Minister termed leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's 'Neech' remark against Prime Minister Modi today as a "deliberate casteist statement", said his suspension from the party was "strategic" and urged people to see through "this game".

"Mani Shankar Aiyer's 'Neech' attack on Prime Minister-- a deliberate casteist statement, a convenient apology, a strategic suspension. People should see through this game," Jaitley tweeted.


Jaitley lashed out at Aiyar, saying his remark displays the mindset that "only one elite family" can rule this country.

Aiyar earlier today called Modi a "neech aadmi" (vile man) who does "dirty politics" after the prime minister targeted the saying that parties seeking votes in B R Ambedkar's name tried to erase his contribution to nation building the party.

Reacting to Aiyar's remark, Jaitley said the party has challenged the weaker and backward sections of by calling the prime minister 'neech'.

"The strength of India's democracy will be displayed when a person of humble background politically defeats the dynasty and its representatives," the minister said in a tweet.

In another tweet, Jaitley said, "Mani Shankar Aiyer's 'Neech' remark against the prime minister displays a mindset that only one elite family can be a ruler and the rest are only the 'Neech'."

Earlier, Aiyar claimed that it was the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru who recognised Ambedkar's potential.

"What is the need for doing dirty politics on such an occasion?" he asked after the prime minister attacked the while inaugurating the Ambedkar International Centre that was conceived 23 years ago.

The tonight suspended Aiyar from the primary membership of the party and issued him a show-cause notice for his remark.

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 23:05 IST
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