Modi can never be PM, but can sell tea at AICC meet: Aiyar NEW DELHI: In remarks that are likely to stoke a controversy, Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar on Friday mocked Narendra Modi's prime ministerial ambitions and said a place will be identified for the Gujarat chief minister to distribute tea here. "I promise you in 21st century Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister of the country. ...But if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him," Aiyar said at the venue of the AICC meeting. Aiyar's remarks come against the backdrop of Modi's reference to his own socio-economic background and humble origins at rallies while targeting the Gandhi-Nehru family. Modi has said that people who are ruling at the Centre "don't know what poverty is all about, but I know it." The Gujarat chief minister has said that he was born in a poor family, and have seen and lived in poverty. "I have sold tea at the railway station and in running trains ...those selling tea in trains know more about railways than the minister," Modi had said at a rally in Patna. When he was six years old, Modi helped his father sell tea to passengers whenever an odd train came into the small Vadnagar station in Gujarat, according to a book titled "The anatomy of Narendra Modi - the man and his politics" authored by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay. Earlier Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal had also made similar remarks against Modi, saying that a person who used to sell tea cannot have a national perspective. "Narendra Modi wants to become a PM. Someone rising from a tea shop can never have a national perspective. Like, if you make a 'sipahi' (constable) as 'kaptan' (Superintendent of Police), he can never have SP's approach but will have that of a constable," Agarwal had said in Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh. Modi can never be PM, but can sell tea at AICC meet: Aiyar - The Times of India *************************************************** Mani Shankar Aiyar's comment is rather crass. It does not behove the majesty that is claimed by the Doon School that their pupils are icons of civility and high breeding. Mani shankar Aiyer proves that that is a falsehood. Does he have to be crude and crass to claim being a 'superior' being? Or is it his acute sense of inferiority that makes him adopt an uncivilised and obnoxious aggressiveness to feel comfortable in his delusion that he is some superior being? In reality, Mani shankar is a failure. He is came into politics possible since he had reached a cul de sac iin his career, by petitioning his Doon School buddy, Rajiv Gandhi, who was the PM. He then failed as a politician and could not be elected. He petitioned Sonia Gandhi to get a backdoor entry to the Rajya Sabha in the nomination category reserved for 'eminent' people. Mani's is indeed 'eminent' - for, he is an monumental failure and thus a class apart!