Though, the Congress criticising Aiyar, distanced itself from his statement, the BJP termed the remark as an "insult to the whole of Gujarat" and alleged the remark was made on Rahul Gandhi's directions.
Reacting to Modi's jibe at Rahul, Aiyar told media: "Modi is a very cheap type of a person, he has no manners and always has a tendency to play petty politics". He said at a rally, "The people of Gujarat will take revenge on December 18 and teach you the precise meaning of neech".
"You can use the harshest words to criticise policies of your opponent, but the criticism should never get personal", Mr. Surjewala said, applauding Mr. Gandhi for taking the unprecedented step of suspending Mr. Aiyar.
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"The Congress Party has challenged the weaker and backward sections of India by calling the Prime Minister as "Neech". No one in the Congress can use demeaning language against the PM.
We tried to get a comment from MS Aiyar on the entire issue but he refused to entertain our questions after seeing the letter R on our cameraman's shirt, accusing us of being a rogue news channel. "This is nothing but a Mughalai Mindset".
Speaking at a press conference in Ahmedabad on Friday, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said the Bharataiya Janata Party (BJP) should follow its vice-president Rahul Gandhi's example and rein in motormouths in its party. "They can keep their language we will do our work". "There is no future for India if there is no Congress", he said.
Disapproving Aiyar's comment, Rahul tweeted: "BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party".
"The Congress party has served a show cause notice to Mani Shankar Aiyar and suspended him from the primary membership of the party", Surjewala said. "They (panelists) are all optimist and that we can move forward when Modi sahab is there, but I don't think so". Modi also took a swipe at Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi and his declaration of being a Shiva devotee, when he snapped that some parties talked more of "Baba Bhole" (Shiva) than Babasaheb (Ambedkar). "The Congress has given me a lot".