‘Modi is not the king of India’
Subramaniam Swamy was a leader very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But recently, he has started criticizing Modi. Swamy’s comment on Twitter that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not the King of India was highly disputed. Swamy was reportedly saddened by not getting the ministry position in the July cabinet shakeup. Swamy commented on the controversy in a tweet on the subject.
“I am against the economic and foreign policy of the Modi government. Willing to discuss the matter with anyone responsible. Have you heard of participatory democracy? Modi is not the king of India, ” Swamy replies.
In another tweet, Swamy criticized the Union’s foreign minister, S Jayasankar, and the national security adviser, Ajit Doval.
“Will these two ever apologize for tarnishing India’s image globally?” Modi has allowed both of them to act as they please. “India now has bad relations with all its neighbors,” Swamy tweeted.
These references are reported to be the reason for Swamy’s expulsion from the National Executive. Swamy immediately removed the reference to him as a national BJP executive member from his ‘bio’ on Twitter. Nowhere in the bio is the BJP mentioned now. The current biography is “Rajya Sabha MP, Former Union Minister, Harvard PhD in Economics, Professor”.
Born in Mylapore, Tamil Nadu, Subramaniam Swamy was a professor of mathematical economics at IIT Delhi before entering politics. A graduate of Harvard University in the United States, Swamy has long been a Hindu nationalist. Swamy, who thinks he is proud to be born a Brahmin, joined the BJP in 2013.
In 1974, he became the first Rajya Sabha deputy on the Jana Sangh ticket. Later he became a member of the Lok Sabha three times and a member of the Rajya Sabha twice. He has been with the Union Minister twice before. Swamy has also handled several high-profile cases in national politics.
Swamy has brought several cases against former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, the Muslim Hashimpura massacre case, the 2G scam, the National Herald case, and the removal of government temples. Swamy’s case seeking the dissolution of the Kerala Devaswom Board and the handover of the temples to the devotees is pending before the Supreme Court.
‘Peace cannot be achieved by killing protesters’
The central leadership of the BJP wants action against Varun Gandhi and Maneka Gandhi, who supported the fight against the agrarian laws introduced by the Narendra Modi government. The Uttar Pradesh BJP is in crisis after Varun’s protest over the murder of a farmer by the son of a Union minister and his gang in Lakhimpur Kheri. Varun also tweeted a video of the violence of the Union minister’s son and his gang.
“Everything is clear from the video. Protesters cannot be silenced for killings. Action must be taken against those who shed the blood of innocent farmers. Justice must be done before the message that the government is cruel and arrogant reaches all farmers, ” Varun Gandhi demanded on Twitter.
Varun Gandhi also publicly rejected the propaganda of BJP supporters that the violence was carried out by banned activists from Khalistan and that there was unrest between Hindus and Sikhs. “It is immoral and misleading propaganda. Such false propaganda will cause generations to reopen dry wounds. Do not destroy national unity for political gain,” demanded Varun Gandhi. Despite being a member of the National Executive, Varun has not attended no meeting for the past five years.
Don’t see it as a protest against the party: Birendra Singh
Birender Singh, former President of the Haryana Congress, joined the BJP in 2014. He later became Union Minister. He resigned to give his son a seat in the 2019 elections. He said in an interview with the Hindustan Times that supporting the farmers’ demands should not be seen as dissent from the party. He warns that if the farmers’ struggle is not discussed and resolved, it will seriously affect the agricultural sector and the government.
Is BJP becoming Congress?
The Times of India reports that those who disagreed with the policies of the Narendra Modi government were removed from the national executive to consolidate the power of the central leadership. Similar observations are also widespread on social media. Journalist Saba Naqvi said on Twitter that this is how the BJP treats critics. Zimmerpreet Singh tweeted that Varun Gandhi had been ousted from the National Executive for tweeting Lakhimpur Kheri in favor of farmers. Some point out that the BJP has no intraparty democracy.