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Congress revokes suspension of Mani Shankar Aiyar over ‘neech aadmi’ remark against PM Modi

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar was suspended in December 2017 after he had allegedly used a derogatory word against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2018 23:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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After the controversial remark, Rahul Gandhi had taken to Twitter to publicly censure Mani Shankar Aiyar.(Bloomberg File Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has revoked the suspension of Mani Shankar Aiyar from the party.

An official notification, issued by party general secretary Ashok Gehlot said, “Congress President has approved the recommendation of the Central Disciplinary Committee of AICC for revocation of suspension of Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar from the Primary Membership of the Congress party with immediate effect.”

Aiyar was suspended during the Gujarat polls when he referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘neech kisam ka aadmi’, a lowly person, in response to Modi’s speech blaming Congress for undermining BR Ambedkar’s contribution.

Gandhi had tweeted then he didn’t appreciate Aiyar’s remark and expected him to apologise. He was subsequently served a notice and later suspended.

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 23:06 IST