Responding to Mr Aiyar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP supporters not to respond to the abusive language on social media or elsewhere. "But if you have any anger over the use of such words against me, press the button alongside the lotus symbol on 9th and 14th (Gujarat polling dates)," PM Modi said.
Mr Aiyar said the Congress party has given him a lot, news agency PTI reported. "If the Congress suffers any damage in the Gujarat polls because of my comments, then whatever punishment the party deems fit I will accept it," he said. "...There is no future for India if there is no Congress."
The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for an uninterrupted 22 years and according to opinion polls, is set to return to power. But most surveys released this week suggested that the Congress, which won 60 of the 182-seat assembly in 2012 elections, could improve its tally.
The first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections is tomorrow. The second phase is on December 14. Results will be out on December 18.
Yesterday, Mani Shankar Aiyar said, "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?" He was referring to an attack by PM Modi on the Gandhis while inaugurating an international centre named after Dalit icon BR Ambedkar in Delhi.
With inputs from PTI
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