New Delhi, December 08: A day after senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar courted controversy by referring Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘neech aadmi’ (a vile person), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday hit out at the Opposition and said that his (Aiyar) suspension from the party was ‘strategic’.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Jaitley lashed out at the Congress leader and 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’.”

“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.

Earlier on Thursday, Aiyar had said it was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who turned Dr Ambedkar’s wish into reality and it was not correct to badmouth the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Mujhko lagta hai ki ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai, isme koi sabhyata nahi hai, or aise mauke par is kisam ki gandi rajniti karne ki kya avashyakta hai?” (This man is a low-life person. He has no culture, standard. What was the need to practise such dirty politics?),” Aiyar had said referring to PM Modi’s taunt targeting Rahul Gandhi earlier on Thursday.

Soon after his remark, the Congress party issued a show cause notice to Aiyar and also suspended him from the primary membership of the party.

However, the Congress leader later clarified that the ‘neech gaffe’ happened due to his poor understanding of Hindi language.