Swamy denies ‘waiter’ jibe was meant for Jaitley, says Finance Minister looks smart in ‘coat’


BJP Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy on Saturday sought to clarify that his ‘waiter’ jibe was not meant for the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.

He said that Jaitley looked ‘very smart in a coat.’

“If I want to target someone, I do it openly. In fact Mr Jaitley looks very smart in a coat,” Swamy was quoted by Indian Express.

The BJP’s maverick MP on Friday had caused a new controversy by understandably calling Jaitley a waiter.

He had tweeted, “BJP should direct our Ministers to wear traditional and modernised Indian clothes while abroad. In coat and tie they look like waiters.”


To give more clues on exactly who he was talking about, he tweeted, “I am really restricting to politicians of parties espousing Bharatiya Sanskriti. Not for angrezified Indians.”

His tweets had come just after TV channels began to show visuals of Jaitley dressed in suit and tie while attending official programme during his visit in China.

Some reports suggested that the BJP leadership had taken dim view of Swamy’s criticism for Jaitley and constant attack on bureaucrats.

But Swamy denied reports of BJP leadership being angry with him for his recent outbursts against the Prime Minister’s Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subramanian and Jaitley.

Terming Swamy’s criticism as ‘overstepping the limits’ some BJP leaders were quoted as saying that the former’s constant public outbursts were weakening ‘the foundations of the government.’

He said, “All such reports are false. I am addressing party meetings.”