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Jan 19, 2013 at 01:49pm IST

Mani Shankar Aiyar faces flak for 'cats and dogs' remark against BJP leaders

New Delhi: The war of words between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party hit a new low on Saturday as two leaders from the parties traded barbs, referring to each other as 'dogs' and 'pets'.

When asked about the Congress being worried over a possible face-off between Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said, "Ask the BJP to announce their candidate. They are always fighting like cats and dogs. I hope Narendra Modi becomes their leader, then the NDA will fall and we will win automatically."

In response, BJP leader Kirti Azad said, "This statement shows that he is mentally unstable. How can he use the phrase 'cats and dogs'? I could also say they are all pets of one family. What will Mr Mani Shankar say to that?"

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