Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury pulls a Mani Shankar Aiyar after comparing PM Modi to gandi naali, blames poor Hindi
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress's leader in Lok Sabha, tried to pull a Mani Shankar Aiyar after comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a "gandi naali" by blaming his "poor Hindi". He, in fact, said that by "gandi naali", he meant a "channel" and not a sewer.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also apologised to PM Modi for his remarks, saying that he had no intention to hurt him.
He said, "It is a misunderstanding, I didn't say 'naali'. If PM Modi is upset with it, I am sorry. I had no intention to hurt him. My Hindi is not good, by 'naali', I meant channel and not sewer. I apologise if the nation feels that I have disrespected the prime minister."
Congress leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on his remark in Lok Sabha: It is a misunderstanding, I didn't say 'naali', if PM is upset with it I'm sorry. I had no intention to hurt him. If PM is hurt I'll personally apologise to him. My hindi is not good, by 'naali' I meant channel. pic.twitter.com/nS70IUHXvW
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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "Narendra Modi is my prime minister as well and not just of the Bharatiya Janata party's. I apologise if I have hurt the prime minister."
Asserting that what he said and meant were different and raking up another issue to explain what he meant, the Congress leader also said that "a BJP MP [Pratap Chandra Sarangi] had drawn a parallel between Swami Vivekananda and PM Modi and put them on same pedestal" which, he said, "hurts sentiments of West Bengal".
"That's why I said 'you're provoking me'. If you continue, I will say you're comparing Ganga with naali," he said.
In 2017, hours after calling PM Narendra Modi a "neech aadmi", Mani Shankar Aiyar went on the back foot and said that he is a freelance Congressman and not the party's official spokesperson. Mani Shankar Aiyar also said that he is "not well-versed in Hindi".
"I am not an official spokesperson of the Congressmen. I am a freelance Congressman," Mani Shankar Aiyar said, adding that he will apologise for his remarks if they have hurt the Prime Minister.
The Congress leader denied calling Narendra Modi a "low-born" but accepted that his statement has embarrassed the party. Aiyar said that he is not well-versed in Hindi and his words have been "misconstrued".