The Congress on Dec 7, 2017 suspended former Rajya Sabha MP Mani Shankar Aiyar from primary membership of the party and issued a show-cause notice to him for his comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr. Aiyar had earlier expressed regret for his comments after public censure from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
The former MP had called Prime Minister Narendra Modi "neech kism ka aadmi" (a low life) in reaction to Mr. Modi's speech at the inauguration of the Ambedkar International Centre, where he accused the Congress of systematically undermining Ambedkar's legacy.
Mr. Aiyar does not hold any post in the party.
After the controversial remark, Mr. Gandhi took to Twitter to publicly censure Mr. Aiyar. Mani Shankar Aiyar: Know More
- Mani Shankar Aiyar (born 10 April 1941) is a former Indian diplomat turned politician.
- He is a former member of the Indian National Congress party and was a part of first Cabinet (2004-2009) of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
- He has served as the Union Minister of Panchayati Raj until he lost his seat in the 2009 election. He served as the Union Cabinet Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas from May 2004 through January 2006 and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports till 2009.
- He was also the first Minister of Development of North Eastern Region.
- He represented the Mayiladuthurai constituency of Tamil Nadu in the 14th Lok Sabha.
- He is currently a nominated member of parliament from Rajya Sabha.