"First, it is required to remove PM Modi, otherwise talks will not move forward. We'll have to wait for four years. These people are very optimistic about PM Modi, they think that talks will move forward with PM Modi's presence. But I don't think so," Aiyar told a Pakistani news channel.

After last week's Paris terror attacks, Aiyar had said, "Anti-Islam phobia that is being carried out in the western countries should be stopped immediately". On his remarks about Prime Minister, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla said, "Perhaps Mani Shankar Aiyar forgot that Modi ji was elected by the people. It is a reprehensible comment and we condemn it."

On Congress distancing from Aiyar, Heptulla cited, "This is a good strategy of the Congress. First, you make them pass a statement, and then distance from it. How dare he make such statement on a Pakistani television? I know what goes on in Congress party.  When they say they are distancing from the remark, I don't believe it.

"BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said, "Some people are behaving and conducting themselves as propagandists for ISIS (Islamic State) and Taliban. We need to watch out for fringe elements in India."

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