New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is all set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to intensify efforts to ensure that he and his ministry are not subjected to further attacks from party senior leader Subramanian Swamy.
According to News18, Jaitley, who is likely to meet PM Modi today, wants party to take note of Swamy's statements about him. If reports are to be believed, Jaitley is reportedly upset that party top brass did not respond to Swamy's allegations against him.
BJP Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy reportedly targetted Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, after the latter disapproved of his attacks on Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.
Jaitley was on a five-day visit to China primarily to attend the first meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). But Jailtey cut short his visit to China by a day and returned to New Delhi, reportedly miffed over Swamy's remarks made on him and top officers of his ministry.
While the officials did not give any reason for Jaitley cutting short his visit, it came amid reports that he was unhappy with Swamy's attacks that had also covered senior officers in his ministry. Jaitley is reportedly keen that BJP must act to rein Swamy.
Swamy lashed out at Jaitley without naming him, in an apparent reaction to the minister urging him to exercise restraint and discipline in the wake of his attacks on government's Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.
"People giving me unasked for advice of discipline and restraint don't realise that if I disregard discipline there would be a bloodbath," he tweeted in an obvious attack on Jaitley.
Swamy, without naming him, also said the BJP must ask its ministers to wear proper attire abroad, else 'they look like waiters'.
"BJP should direct our Ministers to wear traditional and modernised Indian clothes while abroad. In coat and tie, they look like waiters," Swamy said in another tweet.