New Delhi, September 8:
In an unexpected development, senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy on Monday accused the party’s Information and Technology (IT) cell head Amit Malviya of running a campaign against him using fake tweets.
Swamy tweeted. “If my angered followers make counter personal attacks I cannot be held responsible just as BJP cannot be held responsible for the rogue IT cell of the party”. When a Twitter user called on him to “ignore” the “attacks”, Swamy said that the BJP should sack the IT cell members. “I am ignoring but BJP must sack them. One Malaviya character is running riot with filth. We are a party of “maryada purushottam” not of Ravan or Dushasan,” he tweeted.
Subramanian Swamy’s remarks were prompted by a series of videos of him posted on Internet claiming that he was against the Modi govenrment and the Ram Temple.
Over the past few days Subramanian Swamy has also been at odds with his party’s stance on JEE-NEET exams. He had pitched for postponing the JEE-NEET exams even though the Modi government was determined to conduct them despite criticism from the students’ community. On August 31, he had warned going ahead with JEE and NEET could lead to a massive spike in COVID-19 cases and result in India overtaking the US as the country with most infections. He had also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the same and also tried calling at his residence.
“JEE/ NEET exams in the middle of galloping COVID-19 infections, paralysing lockdown effects, a collapsing economy, a monsoon in bloom, Chinese Dragon gobbling our territory, & chors and murderers in Bollywood, is like Jallianwala Bagh where innocent were gunned down,” he had tweeted on September 4.
BJP’s IT Cell Head Amit Malviya, however, did not respond to Swamy’s comments and wasn’t available for comments on the issue.