New Delhi: Congress leader and former cabinet minister Mani Shankar Aiyar told a Pakistani television channel that talks between India and Pakistan can only move forward if Indian PM Narendra Modi is removed from his post.
“You need to remove Modi and bring us to the helm or else talks will not move forward,” he told Duniya TV in an interview.
“These people are very optimistic about Modi, they think that talks will move forward with Modi’s presence but I don’t think so,” he added.
However, when the journalist said that it wouldn’t be possible, the Congress leader said then ‘Pakistan would have to wait’.
Congress on Monday had disassociated itself from Aiyar’s statement in the wake of the Paris terror attacks even as it demanded “immediate removal” of Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan for his controversial remarks on the strikes.
Congress’ senior spokesperson Ajay Maken also demanded that Union minister V K Singh be removed from the council of ministers for his remarks that the debate over intolerance was an “unnecessary” creation of very imaginative minds being “paid with a lot of money”.
“We do not want to associate with Mani Shankar Aiyar. He should make statements after careful consideration. In no way, you can justify… It was an inhuman action in which so many people have been killed,” Maken said at the AICC briefing.
Reacting to the terror attacks in Paris on Friday killing 129 people, Aiyar had said that “the anti-Islam phobia that is being carried out in the western countries should be stopped immediately. The Muslims living in France should be provided with the assurance that they are also citizens of the country.” In addition to expressing remorse, Aiyar said, “we should also think that why this situation has raised?”