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Mani Shankar Aiyar Gave 'Supari' in Pakistan to Get Me Removed, Alleges PM Modi

Attacking Aiyar for the second day in a row after his “neech” barb, Modi said Aiyar told Pakistanis that 'jab tak Modi ko raste se hataya nahi jata,' relationship between India and Pakistan cannot improve.


Updated:December 8, 2017, 9:09 PM IST
Mani Shankar Aiyar Gave 'Supari' in Pakistan to Get Me Removed, Alleges PM Modi
Then CM Modi, while addressing a rally raised the Pakistan spectre by talking at length about "Mian Musharraf." (PTI file photo)

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar of giving a 'supari' (contract) to get him "removed" from the way while on a visit to Pakistan three years ago.

Attacking Aiyar for the second day in a row after his “neech” barb, Modi said that soon after he became the Prime Minister, “this man went to Pakistan and met some Pakistanis”. He said that all this was available on social media.

“In that meeting, he is seen discussing with Pakistanis that 'jab tak Modi ko raste se hataya nahi jata' (until Modi is not removed from the way), relationship between India and Pakistan cannot improve," Modi said.

“Someone tell me what is the meeting of 'raste se hatana'. You had gone to Pakistan to give my 'supari', you wanted to give Modi's 'supari' (contract killing)," the PM said.

However, people need not worry as 'Maa Ambe' (goddess) is protecting me, he added.

"This conversation took place three years ago. The Congress party had tried to suppress this episode...They did not take any action against him for last three years," Modi alleged, suggesting that the suspension of Aiyar now is just a sham ahead of the Gujarat assembly election.

“What is my crime? This country's people have elected me in a democratic way, and you go to Pakistan and say that this man is coming in the way and remove him!” he said.

The PM's remarks come a day after Aiyar set off a political firestorm when he called Modi a "neech kism ka aadmi". The Congress on Thursday suspended Aiyar from the primary membership of the party and issued him a show-cause notice.

Hours after the comment, during a rally in Surat, PM had said, "Shriman (Mr) Mani Shankar Aiyar today said that Modi is of 'neech' (lower) caste and is 'neech' (lowly). Is this not an insult to Gujarat? This is a Mughal mentality where if such a person (who comes from a humble background) wears good clothes in a village, they have a problem.”

"He gave this 'gaali' (abuse) to me or you? Did he abuse me or Gujarat? Did he abuse the cultured society of India or me?" Modi asked.

"Let us not talk about that abuse, as people of Gujarat will look into it and give a reply and they (Congress) will know the result on December 18," he said.

Attacking the Congress over its work culture, Modi alleged that the party does not want to solve people’s issues and believes in 'atkana' (to stall) 'latkana' (to keep the issue hanging) and 'bhatkana' (to divert an issue).

When our brave jawans conducted the surgical strike then, I think that all the people of the country felt proud, but only Congress was not happy, he said.

"They raised questions about the surgical strike- did this (surgical strike) happen or not? Pakistan is saying that it did not happen...why none of our soldiers were killed... Would you believe Pakistan or India in such matters?" Modi asked.

| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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