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Mani Shankar Aiyar does it again, calls his ‘Neech’ remark on Modi a prophecy

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Narendra Modi and Mani Shankar Aiyer (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons and flickr)

Days before the final phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, is going to the polls, veteran Congress leader and Gandhi family loyalist Mani Shankar Aiyar has called his “Neech” (vile person) comment on Modi a prophesy that has come to be true.

In an article in The Print web portal, published on May 13, Aiyar wrote “Modi will, in any case, be ousted by the people of India on 23 May. That would be a fitting end to the most foul-mouthed prime minister this country has seen or is likely to see. Remember how I described him on 7 December 2017? Was I not prophetic?”

The reference was to his remark made days before Gujarat Assembly polls when he said “Mujhko lagta hai ki ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai, isme koi sabhyata nahi hai”, which can be roughly translated as “I feel that this man (PM Modi) is a very lowly and vile person. There is no decency in him.”

The Congress suspended him from the party, following the comment. Mani Shankar Aiyer, then blamed it on his poor Hindi. But the damage was done by then, as against all predictions, the party lost Gujarat polls to the BJP. And commentators attributed the loss to Aiyer’s “Neech” attack on Modi.

Ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections too, Aiyer sought to humiliate Narendra Modi, the BJP prime ministerial candidate, with a “Chaiwala” (tea seller) jibe, referring to the fact that Modi’s father had a tea stall where the son lent a helping hand often.

Aiyer had said: “I promise you that in this 21st century, Narendra Modi can never become the Prime Minister of India, never, never, never; if he wants, he can come and distribute tea at the meet here”.

The jibe proved a huge self goal as Narendra Modi used it to his advantage pointing at “the elitist mindset of Congress leaders against common people”, instantly striking a chord with voters in his campaign.

In November 2015, Aiyer was seen telling a Pakistani TV channel that Pakistan should remove Modi government and bring back Congress to power in order to improve ties between the two neighbors. Will poll results on May 23 fulfill the long-standing wish of Mani Shankar Aiyer or his “Neech prophecy” will turn out to be the third self goal? Just none days to go to see it.

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Tsss, Robert Vadra tweets with Paraguay flag

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Image credit: Twitter

In a massive embarrassment to the Congress party, especially to its General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, her husband Robert Vadra on April 12 posted a selfie with inked finger along with the flag of Paraguay on Twitter, after casting his vote in Delhi.

Clearly he wanted to put out the Indian flag while encouraging people to step out and vote in the 6th phase of polling in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

It seems Robert Gandhi failed to differentiate between the flags of India and Paraguay in his hurry to tweet his inked finger, as both are similarly designed with bands of three colours, but with some distinctive differences. Indian flag has tricolours of orange, white and green from top to bottom, with Ashoka Chakra (wheel) in the middle. However, Paraguay’s flag consists of triband of red-white-blue from top to bottom with the national emblem centered on the white band.

The gaffe did not go unnoticed by the twitterati as Paraguay started trending on top on the social media platform. Later Robert Vadra put out a corrected tweet, adding a Hindi version. However, the damage had been done as his original tweet was retweeted thousands of times with jokes by then.

Labelled as Damadshri of Congress party (son-in-law of Congress Party) by the BJP, Robert Vadra has expressed his desire to join active politics on several occasions. His wife Priyanka Gandhi was formally inducted into the Congress as General Secretary a few months back and given the charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh to prepare the party for the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

During the campaign, Priyanka has been singularly targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She had even hinted at her willingness to contest from Varanasi Lok Sabah seat against Modi. But the Congress ended up fielding another candidate, apparently perceiving certain defeat for the party in Varanasi.