New Delhi:  Mani Shankar Aiyar, who has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “neech aadmi” in a new attack, earned a swift riposte from the Prime Minister, who said at an election rally in Gujarat, “They can call me neech (low), but my work is oonch (high).” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asked Mr Aiyar to apologise to the Prime Minister.

The Congress, PM Modi said as campaigning ended for the first phase of assembly elections, has insulted his home state Gujarat. “Gujarat will reply,” he said, also stating, “Yes, I am from the poor section of society and will spend every moment of my life working for the poor, Dalits, Tribals and OBC communities. They can keep their language, we will do our work.”

The Prime Minister described Mr Aiyar’s comment as an example of the Congress’ “Mughal values that teach to demean castes and talk about upper and lower castes.”

With voting in Gujarat on Saturday, the Congress has wasted no time in condemning Mr Aiyar’s…

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