Later in an interview, Amar Singh revealed that Mani Shankar had provoked him to a point where he couldn’t control his temper and ended up punching his colleague. According to Singh, Aiyar came up to him fully drunk and started abusing him and the SP supremo Mulayam Singh. Aiyar accused Amar Singh for being a racist and also accused him of preventing Sonia Gandhi from becoming the Prime Minister owing to her foreign roots. Mani Shankar was extremely disrespectful and went on to call Amar Singh a “political weather cock”. He also abused Singh by calling a “broker of industrialists” and “Ambani’s dog”. Despite Aiyar’s derogatory comments, Singh restored his calm, and did not help Mani succeed in his game plan of provoking him.
Abuses flew thick and fast, Amar Singh tried his best to calm Aiyar down and even said, “It is not you but your wine talking,” his efforts however, were fruitless as Mani Shankar did not relent. He got personal with Singh and challenged him by asking what sort of a Thakur he was.
Mani Shankar Aiyar then trained his guns at Mulayam Singh and told Amar Singh: We are from Oxford and Cambridge while your leader can’t even speak English…Mulayam looks just like me. It could be because my father visited UP some time. Why don’t you ask Mulayam’s mother?”
Amar Singh, who was one of the most trusted members of Mulayam Singh’s party, could not stop himself after this derogatory comment. He has been vocal about the fact that he kept Mulayam Singh in high esteem and Mani Shankar Aiyar hurt both, Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh. The elite galaxy of power, witnessed a desi fight between two top leaders of the country after Aiyar crossed the line.