New Delhi, Dec 7: Congress president-in-waiting Rahul Gandhi on Thursday disapproved of Mani Shankar Aiyar’s derogatory remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked the veteran leader to apologise. However, Rahul Gandhi added that both PM Modi and the BJP have repeatedly used filthy language against the Congress.

” The BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party. The Congress has a different culture and heritage. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said,” Rahul tweeted.

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Moments after Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, Mani Shankar Aiyar sought to clarify his statement and said he was just replying to PM Modi in his language. Aiyar added that Hindi was not his mother tongue and if the word “neech” has any meaning other than ‘low level’ then he apologises for it.

“I meant low level when I said ‘neech’, I think in English when I speak in Hindi as Hindi is not my mother tongue. So if it has some other meaning then I apologise,” Swamy said.

“Why was PM taking a jibe at Congress and Rahul Gandhi at inauguration of a Centre on Baba Saheb Ambedkar? Everyday PM is using foul language against our leaders. I am a freelance Congressi, I hold no post in the party, so I can reply to PM in his language,” he added.  (Also Read: Mani Shankar Aiyar Calls PM Narendra Modi ‘Neech’: Who Said What)

“I never called Mr. Modi a ‘chaiwala’, you can go on the internet and check all the videos,” he told reporters when asked about his remark in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

War of Words

Earlier speaking at an election rally in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at Mani Shankar Aiyar for calling him a ‘neech aadmi’ and termed such remarks from the party as reeking of their ‘Mughlai mindset’.

“The Congress leaders are speaking in a language that is not acceptable in a democracy. One Congress leader, who has studied in the best institutions, served as a diplomat and was a cabinet minister, he has called me ‘neech’ (low-life). This is insulting and is nothing but Mughlai mindset,” PM Modi said.

The political slugfest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress reached a new low when Mani Shankar Aiyar, earlier in the day, referred to Prime Minister Modi as a “neech aadmi” for appropriating Babasaheb Ambedkar into his election campaign for the upcoming assembly polls in Gujarat.

Aiyar said it was the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who turned Dr Ambedkar’s wish into reality and it was not correct to badmouth the Nehru-Gandhi family.

“This person is a ‘neech aadmi’ (low-minded). He is not civilised and in a situation like this, there is no need to practise such dirty politics,” Aiyar had said.