Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Saturday took a dig at BJP Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy over his remarks that Union ministers look like waiters if they wear a coat and tie while travelling abroad.
“So is there no dignity in being a waiter? The attention seeking BJP MP Swamy’s comment, ‘Ministers who wear a coat and tie look like waiters and must be instructed to wear Indian clothes.’ Undermining waiters who work hard for a living; making condescending and derogatory remarks about them is deplorable and classist…” Vadra wrote in a Facebook post.
Swamy’s remark was seen as a dig at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is on a visit to China.
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Soon after Vadra’s post, Swamy hit back, saying, “His mother was a waitress in a small restaurant in England. Perhaps that is why he felt bad when I spoke about waiters. I only said that ministers shouldn’t look like waiters. It wasn’t against anyone.”
“Mr Vadra should concentrate on staying out of jail instead of making political comments,” Swamy added.
Swamy also alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had not got admission to IIT through merit. He said that as per the RTI reply on Kejriwal’s IIT admission, the Delhi CM did not get admission to the B.Tech programme at IIT-Kharagpur through a competitive exam.
He told the media that when the IIT was set up in 1952, seats were not filled according to marks. “The seats were then given illegally by members of the managing board of governors of IIT-Kharagpur and it was stopped by the government in 2005,” he said.
“He (Kejriwal) should have had the courage to admit. I call upon Kejriwal to give this explanation. Did he come to IIT though merit or did he get in by trickery?”