The BJP and the Congress were engaged in hectic campaigns in the state assembly elections of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and leaders of both the parties were more than enthusiastic while addressing rallies. Still it was a matter of gratification that Congress president Rahul Gandhi cautioned his party leaders to not speak a word disrespecting the status or the post of Prime Minister. On the contrary, the Prime Minister, it is a matter of anguish, crossed the limits of poll norms. During the span of the campaign, senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar issued a statement and referring to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi used the word ‘neech’. It was condemned by the Prime Minister and BJP leaders and said the Congress leader meant Narendra Modi belonged to a lower caste. While Mani Shankar Aiyar and Congress leaders explained that the word was not used to mean that the Prime Minister belonged to the lower status and the sense of any caste was never intended. The Congress leader also tendered his apology saying he does not know Hindi very well. After this row subsided, the Prime Minister raised a new one. He said a meeting was held at the residence of Mani Shankar Aiyar where a Pak diplomat participated. In this meeting social and political dignitaries were also present as guests and they included former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former vice president Hamid Ansari, former Army Chief Deepak Kapoor and others. What triggered Prime Minister no one knows that he came forward with a blame in a poll rally that a conspiracy with Pakistan was hedged against him.
Following this serious charge the Congress lodged a serious protest. Then in the winter session of Parliament the Congress demanded the Prime Minister to offer his apology and the proceedings in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were disturbed for more than a week. No work was transacted in Rajya Sabha. Now the ruling party felt the seriousness of the issue and on December 27, the leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley gave a statement clarifying the government position. He said while addressing the election rally, the Prime Minister never intended to question the commitment to nation either of Manmohan Singh or of Hamid Ansari. Thus the Congress and the BJP finally arrived at a truce and paved the way for normal functioning of Parliament.