New Delhi: Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy's remark that ministers who wear a coat and tie “look like waiters” has not gone down well with Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra.
Vadra has taken a dim view of Swamy's remarks and described the Rajya Sabha member's derogatory remark about waiters, who work so hard for their living, as `deplorable and classist`.
In a Facebook post, Vadra said: "So is there no dignity in being a Waiter ?! The attention seeking BJP MP Swamy`s comment `Ministers who wear a coat and tie look like waiters and must be instructed to wear Indian clothes`. Undermining waiters who work hard for a living; making condescending and derogatory remarks about them is deplorable and classist."
On Friday, Swamy had urged the BJP leadership to ask ministers to wear traditional Indian clothes when they go abroad.
"BJP should direct our ministers to wear traditional and modernised Indian clothes while abroad. In coat and tie they look like waiters," he wrote.
It is seen as a swipe at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley – who wore a lounge suit for his engagements in Beijing this week and for his meeting with the Bank of China chairman Tian Guoli.
Swamy has been critical of the Finance Ministry over the past couple of days and has been mounting attacks on its officials via Twitter.