New Delhi, Feb 13: Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao on Tuesday said that he will write a letter to Rahul Gandhi and ask him to expel Mani Shankar Aiyar from the party for his pro-Pakistani remarks. Talking to ANI, Rao said that Aiyar should stop giving such remarks, he has already been suspended. He should stay quiet.”
“BJP can take advantage of this. I am writing to Rahul Gandhi ji asking him to expel Aiyar from the party,” Rao added.
Earlier while speaking at the Karachi Literature Festival Aiyar had said that there is only one way to resolve the India- Pakistan issue and that is by way of uninterrupted and un-interruptible dialogue. While Islamabad has accepted the policy of and need for continuous dialogue to resolve issues of bilateral importance, New Delhi has not.
He added, “I love Pakistan because I love India. India should love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Aiyar stressed that ‘Kashmir’ and ‘India-directed terrorism’ are the two main issues that need to be dealt with. He further said that India and Pakistan should adopt a framework that was formulated by the regime led by former president general (retired) Pervez Musharraf.
On December 7, 2017, Aiyar was suspended from the primary membership of the Congress amid speculation that his remarks against Modi had undone the gains made by party president Rahul Gandhi during campaigning in the Gujarat elections.