Mr Gandhi was campaigning in Gujarat, which will vote tomorrow in the first phase of assembly elections. "The Congress Party respects the chair of Prime Minister. No one in the Congress is allowed to insult the Prime Minister. Modiji can say anything about us. That is why we took strict action against Mani Shankar Aiyar," Mr Gandhi said at a rally in Chhota Udaipur.
He also asserted that the Congress will win the Gujarat elections saying, "no one can stop it. A storm is coming."
The BJP said Mani Shankar Aiyar's widely condemned comment against the Prime Minister has caused "great loss" to the Congress and has called the action against Mr Aiyar a "strategic suspension" done as damage control ahead of the Gujarat elections.
Yesterday, soon after Mr Aiyar made his comments, the Prime Minister hit back, saying the Congress would be punished for insulting all of Gujarat. "The people of Gujarat will take revenge on December 18 and teach you the precise meaning of neech," the Prime Minister said.
A contrite Mani Shankar Aiyar who has attributed his use of the word "neech aadmi" for the PM to his poor command of Hindi, today said, "If any damage has been done to Congress because of what I said or did then I am saddened by it. I had no such intention. I am confident that under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi we will win in the Gujarat elections.
He said he was ready to "accept any punishment that the Congress party wants to give me."
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