‘Chaiwallah ‘then, ‘Neech ‘now: War of words between Narendra Modi, Mani Shankar Aiyar restores memories of Lok Sabha surveys

SURAT: In the run-up to the Gujarat elections, a war of words is on in between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Celebration. Assaulting the Prime Minister, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday called Narendra Modi ‘neech’ (dishonourable) and ‘asabhya’ (uncultured).

“Ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai, is mein koi sabhyata nahi hai, aur aise mauke par is kisam ki gandi rajniti karne ki kya avashyakta hai. (This man is extremely dishonourable and uncultured. He specialises in playing unclean politics),” Aiyar stated taking potshots at Modi.The Prime

Minister, on the other hand, countered at Aiyar at a rally in Surat declaring that the Congress leader’s statement is very insulting. “Congress leaders are speaking in a language that is not acceptable in a democracy. One Congress leader, who has actually studied in best institutions, worked as a diplomat, was a Minister in Cabinet, he said ‘Modi is Neech’. This is insulting. This is nothing but a Mughalai state of mind,” the PM stated.

The attack and counter-attack between the two leaders has revived memories of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when Aiyar took on Modi by calling him a ‘chaiwallah’.

“If he (Modi) wants, he can come and sell tea here at the All India Congress Committee fulfill,” Aiyar had said in 2014.

Modi had actually latched on to the opportunity. Numerous think that it was the ‘chaiwallah’ barb on him that gave him a headway in the election and helped him win by an enormous majority.Modi had actually made the barb the spotlight of the election using it as a proof to show the’conceit of the Congress’. He and the BJP constantly said that those born in” high households “consider it an insult to combat polls versus a “backwards” candidate.

“They think they need to combat in elections. They think they must win elections. But (to contend) against a chai wallah, they feel insulted,” Modi, the then PM prospect had stated.


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