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BJP's objection over Aiyar's nomination ridiculous: Cong

Congress today dubbed as ridiculous the objection raised by BJP over the nomination of Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar to the Rajya Sabha.

delhi Updated: Mar 20, 2010 22:14 IST

Congress today dubbed as ridiculous the objection raised by BJP over the nomination of Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar to the Rajya Sabha.

"Their (BJP's) objection is ridiculous as Aiyar has a multi-faceted personality. He is not only a politician but also a social worker, a former career diplomat and an author par excellence having written a number of books," Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad said.

Backing the decision of the government, Ahmed said before criticising Aiyar, BJP leaders should read his books to realise that the stature of Aiyar is not only of a politician but also of an academician as well.

The BJP had earlier termed as misuse of power by the government Rajya Sabha nomination to Aiyar and said it was against the spirit of the Constitution.

Aiyar had lost the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and is one of the five people nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the government, others being lyricist Javed Akhtar, educationist Balchandra Mungekar, actress-dancer B Jayashree and anthropologist Ram Dayal Munda.