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Congress recalls Modi’s ‘jersey cow’, ‘hybrid calf’ remarks while condemning Mani Shankar Aiyar

Congress accused Modi of “lowering the standard of discourse through abusive language” and “degrading the office of the PM”.

ET Bureau|
May 15, 2019, 07.57 AM IST
Mani Shankar Aiyar
NEW DELHI: The Congress has condemned Mani Shankar Aiyar for indirectly justifying his 2017 “neech” remark against PM Modi in the last line of a hard-hitting and provocative critique he penned recently, but recalled a series of terms Modi has used — ‘jersey cow’ for Sonia Gandhi, ‘hybrid calf’ for Rahul Gandhi, ‘corrupt No. 1’ for Rajiv Gandhi and ‘Ghengiz Khans’ for opposition leaders — to demand the PM’s apology.

Congress accused Modi of “lowering the standard of discourse through abusive language” and “degrading the office of the PM”.

The Congress response came after BJP and news channels chose to ignore the larger content of Aiyar’s column in a Kashmir daily and focused on the end portion.

Predicting Modi’s defeat Aiyar wrote: “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?”

“I have been a victim of the media and it has caused me significant damage. A statement has come from my side, there is a whole article, picking out one line from it and saying ‘now talk on this’. I’m not ready to be involved in your games. Main ullu hoon, lekin itna bada ullu nahi hoon,” he said.

AICC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said: “We completely reject and condemn the remarks of the likes of Mani Shankar Aiyar and every other person who violate the time-tested Congress principle of self-discipline in political discourse.”

He then targeted the PM: “We have seen how in the last five years, including in the current election, rage and revenge has blinded Narendra Modi in using completely unacceptable, downright insulting, abusive language… The truth is that Modi has seriously lowered the prestige of the office of the prime minister in independent India by his choice of words.”

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