Breaking his silence on senior party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘neech’ remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is aggressively campaigning in Gujarat state ahead of forthcoming assembly elections, asked Mani Shankar Aiyar to apologise for his comment. Rahul Gandhi took to his Twitter account and said, “BJP and PM Modi 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 Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the Prime Minister. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said.”

Rahul Gandhi’s response to Aiyar’s remark has come just moments after PM Modi, who was addressing a poll rally in Gujarat’s Surat, gave a benefiting reply to Mani Shankar Aiyar. PM Modi asked the people of Gujarat to let these jibes coming at him and there was no need to react. “What all have they called us — donkeys, neech, gandi naali ke keede … the people of Gujarat will give a fitting answer to such deplorable language. You all have seen me. I have been CM and PM. Has anyone had to hold his or her head in shame due to me? Have I done any shameful thing? Then why are they calling me ‘Neech’?” 

PM Modi also added saying, “Yes, they called me ‘neech’ but our value systems are strong. We have nothing to say to such elements. Our answer will come through ballot box. We have seen enough insults from them. They insulted me when I was CM. They called me ‘Maut Ka Saudagar’ & wanted to jail me. I beg to the people of India, please let them be. Let them keep calling me ‘neech’ we will not respond. We do not have this mindset and want to congratulate them for theirs. If anything, we will answer them for their mindset with our votes on 9th and 14th.”