Controversial Cong leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s suspension revoked by Rahul


New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday revoked the suspension of senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar from the party on the recommendation of its central disciplinary committee.

“Congress president Rahul Gandhi has approved the recommendations of the central disciplinary committee of AICC for revocation of suspension of Mani Shankar Aiyar from the primary membership of the Congress party with immediate effect,” a statement issued by All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of organisation Ashok Gehlot said.

Aiyar was suspended from the primary membership of the party on December 7 last year for his “neech aadmi” remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the eve of the Gujarat Assembly polls.

The suspension had followed an ultimatum given by Gandhi to Aiyar, asking him to apologise to the prime minister for the remarks.

“BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party. The Congress has a different culture and heritage. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said (sic),” Gandhi had tweeted.

Aiyar had regretted his remarks, but not to the satisfaction of the top Congress leadership, which served him a show-cause notice thereafter.