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Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘neech’ remark displays elitist mindset: Jaitley

The finance minister says the Congress has challenged the weaker and backward sections of India by calling the prime minister ‘neech’.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2017 19:36 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Mani Shankar Aiyar,Arun Jaitley,Narendra Modi
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.(PTI File )

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday lashed out at Mani Shankar Aiyer for his “neech” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it displays the mindset that “only one elite family” can rule this country.

Aiyar earlier on Thursday called Modi a “neech aadmi” (vile man) who does “dirty politics” after the prime minister targeted the Congress saying that parties seeking votes in BR Ambedkar’s name tried to erase his contribution to nation building the party.

Reacting to Aiyar’s remark, Jaitley said the Congress party has challenged the weaker and backward sections of India 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 finance 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 Congress while inaugurating the Ambedkar International Centre that was conceived 23 years ago.

First Published: Dec 07, 2017 19:36 IST