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Subramanian Swamy drags PMO into row with Amit Malviya, Tajinder Bagga questions his loyalty

In a tweet after Malviya was retained as IT head in BJP's new team, Swamy accused a PMO official of running fake tweets campaign against him.

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New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy Sunday dragged the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) into his running battle with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national social media and IT head Amit Malviya. This prompted a response from BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga who said Swamy had ditched the BJP once in favour of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, hours after BJP’s new team was announced and it was known that Malviya will continue as the IT head, Swamy said he had tweeted against Malviya earlier to check whether tweets against the former were financed by the latter or not. On 7 September, Swamy had accused Malviya of running a smear campaign against him using fake tweets.

In his latest salvo, Swamy accused Hiren Joshi, the OSD (Communications & Information Technology) in the PMO, of running the fake tweets campaign against him.

“Now that Malaviya has been re appointed, I have this to say: My earlier tweet was to test whether Malviya financed fake ID tweets on his own or not. Now it is clear. PMO Haren Joshi (sic) was behind it. I have written to PM two weeks or so ago bringing this to his notice with documents,” he said.

In another tweet sent as a response to a Twitter user, Swamy said, “I will find out. CBI reports directly to PM. ED reports to FM. NCB reports to FM.” It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted this response.

Earlier on Saturday, in reply to another Twitter user who pointed out that Malviya has not been removed despite Swamy’s allegations, the MP said, “As I said I will defend myself if the party does not remove him. So line clear.”

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Bagga’s charge

Soon after Swamy’s tweets, BJP’s Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga hit back at the party MP and questioned his loyalty. Bagga accused Swamy of ditching the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in favour of Sonia Gandhi in the late 1990s.

“Is this true u met Women Journalist in Oct 2014 and told her I will start Exposing PM @narendramodi after 6 Months.u didn’t get chance tht time to implement ur agenda u r doing it now.We knw ur History,u ditched Atal ji for Sonia,whn u ddnt get anything you become Virat Hindu (sic),” said Bagga.

He also questioned Swamy over his alleged change in position over the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

“Dear @Swamy39 you said RSS is terrorist organisation for years but become Virat Hindu just after 1999 whn u didn’t get anything from Sonia Gandhi. Can you be ever loyal to a person or a cause, or is it too much to expect from you ? (sic)” Bagga said in another tweet.

Soon after, Swamy blocked Bagga on Twitter.

“Dear @Swamy39 instead of Accepting/denying the fact you blocked me. Virat Swamy is Running from truth, O My God,” Bagga posted.

The battle

On 9 September, Swamy had given an ultimatum to the BJP to remove Malviya. He had said Malviya’s departure is the “compromise proposal” he made to party president J.P. Nadda. He had said that if he is not removed, it would indicate that the party was unwilling to “defend me”. He had even said that the BJP’s IT cell has gone “rogue”.

On Sunday, a Twitter user asked Swamy if Prime Minister Narendra Modi even listens to him “seriously”.

To this, Swamy replied, “If he (PM) had, then we would have not been in a mess in the economy which is about to collapse after a long tail spin. Same thing with our China policy : 18 bilateral meetings of Xi with Modi, and now Chinese troops have grabbed a 1000 sq kms of our recognised territory across LAC,” he tweeted.

During his series of tweets, he also retweeted a news report on how Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is acting as an “agent of change” in Uttar Pradesh Congress.

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  1. SAWAMI is BJP mouth piece for MONEY, any body offres him better hé will suit. His anty Muslim mindset is because his daughter is married to a Muslim man & converted to Islam, where as hi PARSI wife refused Hinduism.

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