New Delhi: Mani Shankar Aiyar was very close to Rahul Gandhi’s father Rajiv Gandhi and that could be the reason that even after committing repetitive mistakes right from favouring Pakistan and showing Pakistan greater than India to calling PM Modi ‘neech’ and indulged in anti-national activities, he is treated like a family member of Congress.
However, there are some Congress leaders who are very concerned regarding the future of the party and hence, they want Rahul Gandhi to expel Mani Shankar Aiyar for his remark against India in Pakistan.
A former lawmaker and senior Congress leader Hanumantha Rao has said that he would write a letter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi to take action against Aiyar and expel him from the party for doing the anti-national speech in foreign soil.
The latest provocation is Mr Aiyar saying in Karachi that while most political parties in Pakistan want cordial relations with India, those in India are “still caught in a partially 1947 situation”.
“All political parties except the Jamaat-e-Islami say they want peace with India. Now this change in mindset that is taking place in Pakistan is not reflected in India,” Mr Aiyar said.
“Mani Shankar Aiyar should stop giving such remarks, he has already been suspended. He should stay quiet,” said Mr Rao told news agency ANI, adding, “I am writing to Rahul Gandhi ji asking him to expel Aiyar from the party.”
Mr Rao worried that Mr Aiyar’s remarks – he called them “weird” – can damage the party’s prospects in Karnataka, where assembly elections will be held soon. “The BJP can take advantage of this,” Mr Rao fumed, also stating, “He has earlier given such kind of a wrong statement during the Gujarat election campaign and we have suffered a lot because of that. Later Congress President Rahul Gandhi ji even suspended him but still he said that I have got lot of love and affection from Pakistan. What nonsense is he really talking about?”