Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy hits back at his own party’s Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, saying that he did not rise in politics by ‘bootlicking’ anyone, but by standing with the truth. Earlier, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had called Subramanian Swamy a ‘freelance politician’
In fact, in February, Swamy had taken a dig at petrol prices citing Ramayana and said that the price of petrol is Rs 92 in Ram’s India, Rs 53 in Sita’s Nepal and Rs 51 per liter in Ravana’s Lanka. During the debate in the assembly, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah had attacked the ruling party quoting Swamy’s tweet.
To this Bommai said, “You know well about Subramanian Swamy. Whichever party he is in, he is like a freelance politician. He says whatever comes to his mind. Based on his analysis, he keeps saying things.”
Bommai added Swamy had been critical of the erstwhile Janata Dal. “While being in the government, he spoke against the then prime minister Chandrashekhar. It is the character and forte of Subramanian Swamy
Swamy responded to Bommai’s comments strongly. Swamy tweeted on Thursday, “I did not become six term MP[3 in LS] and twice in Minister rank by boot-licking but by propagating the truth essential for a vibrant democracy.”
Swamy also pointed out that he was “never a member of the Janata Dal”. Swamy tweeted, “… As President of Janata Party [1989-2013] I merged it with BJP which came out of Janata Party .”