Subramanian Swamy abhorrence for Congress is public knowledge now. And his hatred for the journalists with alleged soft spot for India’s grand old party(or Congis as he would like to better put) is no secret either.
But, on Sunday, the veteran BJP leader committed a gaffe of sorts when he tried to ‘expose’ the ‘media cronyism’ of journalists during the UPA rule.
He tweeted a link to a story published in a website, Jan Satyagrah, titled, ‘Journalists who became most frequent media delegates during prime minister’s official foreign visits under UPA regime.’
The report said, “The fun time has gone for the league of editors, and journalists with the proximity of Govt when they often used to get the Bon Voyage for being part of PM’s official overseas visits. An exclusive story after a long compilation of data and information through RTI applications.”
It gave the list of editors/correspondents, who had allegedly enjoyed the luxury of free foreign tours under Manmohan Singh government.
However, the featured image in the tweet posted by Swamy had, among others, his own daughter, Suhasini Haidar.
Suhasini, who’s now with The Hindu worked as a foreign editor with CNN-IBN for several years before making a career move to The Hindu.
The article prominently mentions Suhasini’s name as ‘other notables who have enjoyed a lot the abroad trips of PM, President and the foreign minister under UPA-1 & II.”
Swamy realised his obvious embarrassment and soon posted the following tweet to clarify, “I re-tweeted a tweet of media cronies.Suhasini photo is in that! She is nobody’s crony. I brought her up to be fearless. So pl amend photo.”
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) July 17, 2016
Contrary to Swamy’s clarification, the BJP leader had not retweeted but had posted a fresh tweet of the story link.
Swamy’s gaffe hasn’t gone unnoticed on social media. Several people pointed out the gaffe.
Here are some of the social media reactions.
That awkward moment when Subramanian Swamy realised he ended up attacking his own daughter. https://t.co/xbJthXEvQ1
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) July 17, 2016
So when swamy abuses other's daughters it's ok?
He wants a different treatment for his own daughter https://t.co/9J4ANMiNKq
— Priyashmita Guha (@priyashmita) July 17, 2016
SuSu Swamy Retweets an Article about Cronies of UPA in Media. Later realises article includes his daughter.. pic.twitter.com/Dsy9sNOdtt
— Joy (@Joydas) July 17, 2016
Poor Subramanian Swamy tweets a pic of alleged media cronies, then realises his daughter is in it😂.
And says she isn't one of them😂
— Alok Shinde (@alokshinde) July 17, 2016
Swamy RT's a news on UPA & Media cronyism where his daughter name features. Then he says Suhasini is nobody's crony pic.twitter.com/mpcBMaw4UV
— Invincible (@i_me_my5elf) July 17, 2016