Laloo Prasad Yadav "Mani Shankar Aiyar is mentally not fit".
However, this did not fully assuage the worry of the potential fallout of Aiyar's slur against the PM in a state wherein 2007, Sonia calling Modi "maut ka saudagar" had worse boomeranged on her party.
Though Aiyar can be stubborn while holding his ground, he promptly obliged and blamed the derogatory remark on his poor Hindi.
Referring to PM Modi, he said, "This person is a "Neech Aadmi". He is not civilised and in a situation like this, there is no need to practise such dirty politics", Aiyar said.
"While many appreciated Congress" rather swift decision to suspend Aiyar, Jaitley took to Twitter and said it was could be part of a larger strategy. Just two days before Gujarat goes to vote, the senior Congress leader called Prime Minister, Narendra Modi "neech".
BJP MP Manoj Tiwari today said Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's "neech" (vile) jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed the party's "frustration" in view of its impending defeat in Gujarat and that he was exploring legal options to move a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha. They have their language and we have our work.
"They can call me "neech jaati". He had called PM Modi "neech" and after being admonished by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, clarified that he may have misspoken as Hindi was not his mother tongue. "Mani Shankar Aiyer's "Neech' - attack on Prime Minister - a deliberate casteist statement, a convenient apology, a strategic suspension".
Learning lessons from the mistakes of past, Rahul rebuked Aiyar and hours later Congress suspended him from party's primary membership. Aiyar has also been served a show cause notice. "I meant low level when I said "neech", I don't think he is low born...if it has some other meaning then I apologise", he said. He wrote, "BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party".
The Cambridge-educated Aiyar also caused a storm before Modi's 2014 national election triumph when he mocked the BJP leader, whose father ran a tea stall, as a "chai wallah" (tea boy).