Subramanian Swamy angers BJP brass, tweets himself into a cornerhttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/subramanian-swamy-narendra-modi-interview-raghuram-rajan-arun-jaitley-bjp-2886898/

Subramanian Swamy angers BJP brass, tweets himself into a corner

Efforts to ensure that he tones down his attacks have not yielded results and the BJP leadership is determined to take disciplinary action if his Twitter diatribe continues.

subramanian swamy, narendra modi, narendra modi interview, swamy, raghuram rajan, swamy raghuram rajan, swamy attacks raghuram rajan, modi, pm modi, narendra modi, modi on swamy, modi on raghuram rajan, india news, latest news, bjp, bjp new
The Sangh Parivar is believed to have sent two intermediaries to Swamy to request him not to go public with his differences with senior leaders in the BJP.

BARELY two months after he entered the Rajya Sabha, Subramanian Swamy has proved his critics right — his couldn’t-care-less swipes at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are proving more costly than what he had bargained for.

Sources said that Swamy’s caustic, even derogatory, tweets have eroded the support of the top bosses in the ruling dispensation and questions regarding his comments are even being raised within the RSS.

Swamy’s fall from grace was reflected in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks about “Vyavastha se upar kisi ko bolne ka haq nahi hai…’’ in his Times Now interview.

Efforts to ensure that he tones down his attacks have not yielded results and the BJP leadership is determined to take disciplinary action if his Twitter diatribe continues.

[related-post]

Watch Video: What’s making news

Advertising

Already, the BJP is distancing itself from Swamy. A ministership in the next Cabinet expansion, which Swamy hoped for, now seems more unlikely than ever.

The Sangh Parivar is believed to have sent two intermediaries to Swamy to request him not to go public with his differences with senior leaders in the BJP. They urged him to “exercise patience,” but they seem to have made little headway.

Asked about Swamy, a senior officer-bearer of the RSS said that Swamy and his “activities” could not be linked with RSS. “He has never held any position inside RSS. Nor he has been officially active in our social activities. Whatever is happening between him and the BJP is between them only,” he said.

Today Swamy continued targeting Ministry of Finance, Congress, Robert and Priyanka Vadra and P. Chidambaram. Many commented on his tweet on anchor Arnab Goswami who had interviewed the PM. “I would recommend Arnab as Media Adviser to Idi Amin,” he said.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

The apprehension in the BJP camp is that it has no idea what Swamy’s next tweet or statement will be.

“Top leaders are feeling vulnerable all the time which is not a situation that can be tolerated for long,” said a leader. Senior leaders who are not so Net savvy are heard asking younger leaders, “What’s the new tweet from Swamy?”

Citing the example of Ram Jethmalani who was ousted by the party, a senior leader said: “There is a general consensus that the party can’t remain helpless and subject to the whims of one leader.”

When asked about Swamy’s tweets disregarding Modi’s warning, a BJP leader said: “Swamy believes that after PM Modi he is the most liked Sangh Parivar leader, this gives him super confidence. He seriously believes that he knows how to fix economic problems of India and deserves a ministry.”

Swamy commented on Non-Performing Assets of public banks saying “…business and finance newspapers confirm by way news that in effect my predictions about a banking crisis is imminent.”’

He has worked his way along the fault lines within BJP, too, by tweeting on Sushma Swaraj.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Advertising

Swamy said, “I was happy with the warm welcome given to me by EAM Sushma Swaraj & MPs across parties at the Parliament Committee meeting on EA Ministry.” Swamy was unavailable for comment.

Follow the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 real-time on IndianExpress.com/elections. Check the Lok Sabha election schedule, your Lok Sabha constituency details as well as where Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi are campaigning in the Lok Sabha Election. On Twitter, follow @Decision2019 for the latest news and analysis.