Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Thursday he had never used the word 'chaiwala' for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Aiyar said it was Modi who himself told the world about his background.
Aiyar also defended a comment made by Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter, Priyanka Gandhi, during the election campaigning. "Priyanka made 'neech' comment about Modi's politics and his fans, like Hitler's Goebbels, interpreted it differently," Aiyar said.
In January, Aiyar had said Modi could never become the prime minister, and added, "If he wants to sell tea here, we can arrange for it."
"Give my word, Modi will never become the prime minister in the 21st century. If he wants to sell tea at the AICC meet, we can arrange for it," he said.