It seems that the former Congress party leader, Mani Shankar Aiyar, doesn’t want to stop his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for which he was suspended from the party in December 2017. The former Union Minister this time has attacked PM Modi for his remark of puppy in 2013. Aiyar accused PM Modi of being insensitive towards the muslim victims of 2002 Gujarat Riot when Modi was Gujarat’s Chief Minister. He was present at the inauguration ceremony of ‘Enough With intolerance National Campaign’ event at India International Centre, where he had to address the people. This is here, as per ANI, that Aiyar expressed his bewilderment of PM Modi becoming the Prime Minister of the country who is insensitive to Muslims’ feelings.
“Before 2014, I would have never thought, that a Chief Minister thinks of Muslims as Puppy. The individual, who was when asked about whether you have any regrets that so many Muslims lost their lives in 2002, had said that even if a puppy comes under a car, I will feel the pain. I have thought over this statement. He never visited any Muslim refugee camp for 24 days (after Gujarat riots) and reached Shah Alam mosque in Ahmedabad only when (then) Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee came, as it was the necessity of the protocol. I had never thought that any such individual can become Prime Minister,” said the suspended Congress party leader, Aiyar, quoted by ANI. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in 2013, when had asked if he regretted the violence in Gujarat Riots of 2002, had answered, “If someone else is driving a car and we’re sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is. If I’m a Chief Minister or not, I’m a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad,”, quoted Reuters in 2013.
Aiyar, however, admired the nation’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru for his secular views. “Our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru taught us the real definition of nationalism. I learned from him that majority communalism is worst than minority communalism. He taught us that we can either be secular or cannot remain one single country,” said Mani Shankar Aiyar, quoted ANI. He though went ahead to call himself proud of Hindus, Buddhists, Jain’s, Christians but is ‘very’ proud of Muslims. He recalled the era from 1152 to 1858 when Muslims ruled the country. He mistakenly went wrong in his calculation for calling 706 years of ruling as 666 years of ruling.
This was not the first time that the former Congress Parliamentarian had attacked PM Modi, earlier in December 2017, Aiyar had called the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ‘Neech’ which means a degraded man. Aiyar attracted a wave of furore from BJP leaders and across the nation for addressing the nation’s. Prime Minister in such a filthy manner. Aiyar was, subsequently, suspended from the primary membership of the Congress party, labelling the remark to be Aiyar’s personal view and not the party. In 2014, just before the general assembly election, Aiyar made a degrading statement on PM Modi due to his earlier profession of tea selling.
“I promise you in 21st century Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister of the country…but if he wants to distribute tea here (AICC meeting), we will find a place for him,” Aiyar was quoted saying during an AICC (All India Congress Committee) meeting. Aiyar has a history of making comments on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee too. In 1998, Aiyar had called Vajpayee a ‘Nalayak’ whichever when translated in English loosely means ‘Incompetent’.