MANI SHANKAR AIYAR

  • Modi playing vote bank politics under mask of pro-development: Congress December 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Accusing the Narendra Modi Government of playing "vote bank politics" to garner Hindu votes under the "mask of pro-development", Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Saturday claimed the ploy is to bring religion into politics. Once a strong opponent of LK Advani, Aiyar also said he would have...
  • Congress women workers can push Modi to sea: Mani Shankar Aiyer August 20, 2014

    Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer asked the women workers of Congress to show Prime Minister Narendra Modi a way back to Gandhinagar or better sea. ...
  • Congress defends Rahul Gandhi, Aiyar flays Jaitley for allegations of internal rebellion August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Congress has defended party Vice President Rahul Gandhi's protest in Parliament on Wednesday. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has also rejected the Bharatiya Janata Party's claims that it is aimed to quell clamour for Priyanka Gandhi's entry into the party. Aiyar lashed out at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley...
  • Vaidik is entitled to stay behind in Pakistan and do whatever he wants, says Aiyar July 14, 2014

    Ved Pratap Vaidik's interview with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and the uproar that followed echoed in both the Houses of Parliament on Monday. Mani Shankar Aiyar, a senior Congress leader said, "He is entitled to stay behind in Pakistan and do whatever he wants. How can anyone else be responsible...
  • Congress should revisit their own procedures on TRAI, says Uma Bharati July 11, 2014

    The amended Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The TRAI Bill has to be amended to allow the appointment of former TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Defending the government, Uma Bharati said, "Tell the Congress to revisit...
  • Modi brings with him an autocratic style of functioning: Mani Shankar Aiyar June 9, 2014

    Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has once again slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling his style of functioning 'autocratic'. "Modi brings with him an autocratic style of functioning from Gujarat," he said. In an interview to CNNIBN, the Congress leader also said that if Priyanka Gandhi decides to enter politics,...
  • Don't agree with Musthafa, Rahul does good work: Mani Shankar Aiyar May 29, 2014

    Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said that he doesn't agree with what TH Musthafa has said. I think Rahul Gandhi is doing good work. On Wednesday, senior leader in Kerala, TH Musthafa called the Congress Vice President a 'joker' and demanded he be removed from his posts if he does...
  • Didn't compare Modi with a tea seller, he is a disgrace to the profession: Aiyar May 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar who created a storm with his 'chaiwallah' barb at Narendra Modi reiterated that his comment was blown out of proportion and that comparing the BJP leader with teaseller is a disgrace for the latter. "First I never used the word 'chaiwallah' and that remark...
  • Have to be alert with Modi, even Hitler got a massive majority: Mani Shankar May 17, 2014

    In an interview to IBN18 EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said that they have to be be alert with Prime Minister designated Narendra Modi as Adolf Hitler also got a massive majority in Germany. On his 'Chaiwala' remark Aiyar said, "My 'Chaiwala' remark has been distorted. I...
  • Cong workers point fingers at media department, spokespersons for failure May 17, 2014

    New Delhi: After the results of the 2014 elections, the Congress is looking like a Tsunami hit house. Many in the Congress are blaming the ineffectiveness of its media cell and spokespersons for its near total decimation. The Congress has not only lost more than 160 Lok Sabha seats, but...
  • Mani Shankar Aiyar confident of winning from Mayiladuthurai April 3, 2014

    Mayiladuthurai: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, unlike many other Congress contemporaries who have opted out of the race for the Lok Sabha 2014, is confident of winning. "I don't have an opposition here. BJP has put up a candidate which the DMDK and MDMK don't like. I thought I'll fight...
  • Mani Shankar Aiyar counting on track record in tight race March 24, 2014

    Former Union Minister and the Congress candidate for the Mayiladuthurai Lok Sabha seat, Mani Shankar Aiyar strongly believes that the good work done by him as an MP for the constituency over the past two decades will fetch him a comfortable victory in the upcoming polls. At a time when Congress...
  • Commenced election work without waiting for list: Mani Shankar Aiyar March 15, 2014

    Former Union Minister and Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar on Saturday said that he has commenced electioneering work without waiting for announcement of the final list of candidates in Tamil Nadu. "In the last election I waited for the final list to be announced by the party and then commenced election...
  • What do you think Mani Shankar Aiyar is telling Renuka Chowdhury in this viral photo? February 7, 2014

    Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar and Rajya Sabha MP Renuka Chowdhury were seen in Parliament engaged in animated discussion. Photographer Renuka Puri's photo, published in the Indian Express on Friday led to a hailstorm of hilarity on Twitter, with users adding their own captions to the image. ...
  • Be careful while making statements: Rahul to Congress spokespersons February 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met party spokespersons and asked them to be more careful while making statements. The directive came after a controversy over Mani Shankar Aiyar's 'teaseller' remark on Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Rahul in the meeting said the comment made...
  • Venkaiah Naidu criticises Mani Shankar Aiyar over 'tea vendor' remark January 29, 2014

    Launching BJP's poll campaign in Vijaywada by inaugurating a tea stall, senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu, who tasted the beverage for the first time, on Wednesday criticised Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar over his 'tea vendor' remark against Narendra Modi. Naidu inaugurated the tea stall in Gandhinagar area in the...
  • BJP mocks Aiyar's 'tea vendor' comment on Modi, gives free tea to public January 24, 2014

    Mocking Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar's tea vendor taunt at BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the party on Friday distributed tea to public free of cost to register their protest against the controversial remark. "We have distributed about one thousand cups of tea for free, protesting against Mani Shankar Aiyar's...
  • Modi to interact with people at 1,000 tea stalls January 19, 2014

    Ahmedabad: In an apparent bid to cash in on his humble background as a tea seller, Narendra Modi will interact with people at 1,000 tea stalls in 300 cities from next month. "Modi will interact with people at 1,000 tea shops across 300 cities from February 1 through internet and DTH...
  • Congress scared of contesting elections against a 'chai wala': Modi January 19, 2014

    Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi lashed out at the Congress for Mani Shankar Aiyar's tea vendor remarks and said that the party in power has got scared of contesting against a 'chai wala' due to which they were not ready to declare their PM nominee. "Congress is...
  • BJP National Council meet: Speeches of party leaders January 19, 2014

    New Delhi: 2:03 pm: My idea of India is Satyamev Jayate: Modi 2:01 pm: Amul model must be replicated in all states for dairy development: Modi 1:59 pm: Terrorism divides, tourism unites: Modi 1:58 pm: Every state should have IIM, IIT and AIIMS: Modi 1:57 pm: If we need to keep our head high...
  • BJP to capitalise on Aiyar's barb on Modi, to start 'chai charcha' January 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to earn political dividends over Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's controversial barb on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. "Of course we wish to capitalise on this aspect. We are soon going to undertake nationwide campaign to propagate the issue...
  • Congress disapproves Aiyar's 'tea vendor' remark on Modi January 19, 2014

    New Delhi: While Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar is unapologetic over his remark on Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, his party has expressed its disapproval over the statement. "The party does not approve of the statement," Congress general secretary Ajay Maken, who is in charge of the...
  • Modi to address BJP members on last day of its National Council meet January 19, 2014

    New Delhi: On the last day of its National council meet on Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to move the party's political resolution ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj is likely to move the resolution. BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief...
  • Tamil Nadu: Protests against Mani Shankar over his remarks against Modi January 18, 2014

    Chennai: Protests have broken out at various places in Tamilnadu over Mani Shankar Aiyar's unsavoury remarks against BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi. Earlier in the day BJP workers held a demonstration in Chennai. Mani Shankar Aiyar's office in Myladuthurai (near Nagapattinam, around 6 hours away from Chennai) has been vandalised, a...
  • News 360: Rahul Gandhi wows party workers, says MPs will elect PM January 17, 2014

    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at AICC meet in New Delhi on Friday exhorted party workers and leaders to get ready for the Lok Sabha elections and not rest till the battle was won against a rival which is good in marketing but very poor in delivering. Following the AAP...
  • Tea stall owner comment on Modi has been misquoted: Mani Shankar Aiyar January 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has now said that his comment on Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has been misquoted. Talking to CNNIBN, Aiyar said he didn't say anything which could be viewed as taking a dig at Modi. He said, "It is Modi who keeps...
  • Congress can say nothing better, says BJP on Aiyar's comment on Modi January 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy hit back at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar for his comments on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying that nothing better could be expected from the Congress. Aiyar in an unseemly manner targeted Modi by saying, "He can never be...
  • Omar flays Aiyar, says mocking Modi won't help in Lok Sabha polls January 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has come under criticism from his own allies for mocking Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Aiyar was not helping the Congress by taking such digs at Modi. "Modi has a lot of negatives...
  • Modi can't be PM, we can set up a tea stall for him: Mani Shankar Aiyar January 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Friday yet again raked up the tea stall owner prime minister issue taking a dig at Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. He said Modi can never be the Prime Minister but only a tea stall owner. "He can never be...
  • Mani Shankar Aiyar, other MPs haven't cleared HP tourism bills: RTI January 9, 2014

    New Delhi: A number of MPs and MLAs have come under scrutiny for not clearing meagre amounts due with the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Corporation. According to an RTI query, Congress's Mani Shankar Aiyar and BJP's Shanta Kumar amongst others could not pay the bills of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Corporation after...