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Brickbats for Mani Shankar Aiyar as he tells Pak TV that Modi must be removed as PM

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 9:12 IST

Former Union minister and Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, on 16 November, stoked a fresh controversy by reportedly saying, during a panel discussion on a Pakistani news channel, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to be removed if talks between the two nations were to resume.

When the anchor of Duniya TV asked Aiyar how to put an end to the stalemate in the relations between the two nations, he responded, "The first and the foremost thing is to remove Modi. Only then can the talks move forward. We have to wait for four more years. They (panelists) are all optimist and that we can move forward when Modi sahab is there, but I don't think so".

Opposition Reacts

The BJP demanded that Congress president Sonia Gandhi take strict action against Aiyar so that the country knows their stand on the issue.

"I feel that Mani Shankar Aiyar has lost his mental balance to tell this to a Pakistan channel. Aiyar's statement is not only an insult to the Prime Minister but also to the nation," said Prakash Javadekar, the Union Forest and Environment Minister.

Congress denies allegation

Reportedly, the Congress party has denied that their party leader made any such statement to the Pakistan media.

"This is absolute nonsense. I have a letter with me written by Mr Aiyer in which he categorically denies saying anything like that. So there is no question of distancing from it," said Congress leader Tom Vadakkan.

Twitter slams Aiyar

The Twitteratis also took on Aiyar for allegedly 'seeking Pakistan's help to defeat BJP and Naredra Modi.'

-with inputs from PTI

First published: 17 November 2015, 7:10 IST