Published On: Tue, May 14th, 2019

Many hate me because I speak the truth: Mani Shankar Aiyar

New Delhi: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, who on Monday said he stands by his ‘neech aadmi’ jibe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed it “prophetic”, on Tuesday said that anything he says is always misused as many people hate him for speaking the truth.

Anything I say is always misused because there are people who hate me

“Anything I say is always misused because there are people who hate me. And they hate me because I tell the truth. And I will go on telling the truth,” he told reporters here.

Asked about his comment on Modi, Aiyar said: “There is an entire article and then you pick one line and say please tell about that one line. I am not going to play into your hands. Main ulloo hoon, par itna bhi ulloo nahin hoon (I am an idiot but not a big idiot).”

“I have given the article to two people, Rising Kashmir and to The Print. It is you job to inform people what I want to say, it is not my job.”

Aiyer said that he was ‘prophetic’ in his description of PM Modi and added that voters would show the door to Modi on May 23. Launching a scathing attack on the prime minister, Aiyar dubbed PM Modi as the ‘most foul-mouthed’ prime minister of India. “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?” Aiyar said in an article for a English website.

It may be recalled that Aiyar had made the ‘neech’ remark in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly polls in December 2017. “Ye aadmi bahut neech kisam ka aadmi hai, is mein koi sabhyata nahi hai, aur aise mauke par is kisam ki gandi rajniti karne ki kya avashyakta hai?” Aiyar had said.

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