Dear people, seems 'tis the season of Twitter wars. And this time too, we have Smriti Irani fighting it out yet again, for what seems like the thousandth time! Honestly we have lost count.
Much like previous occasions, this time too Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani 's penchant for drama led to her locking horns with Bihar Education Minister Ashok Choudhary on Twitter.
It all started when Ashok Choudhary sent a sarcastic tweet to Mrs Irani, requesting her to pay heed to education policies. And slowly it snowballed into a completely disparate issue. Oh dear!
"Dear .@smritiirani ji, कभी राजनीति और भाषण से वक़्त मिले तो शिक्षा निति की तरफ भी ध्यान दें"— Dr. Ashok Choudhary (@AshokChoudhaary) June 14, 2016
Dear Smriti Irani, if you get time from politics and oratory, then do pay attention to education as well (Translated from Hindi)
Little did he know that his mention of the word 'dear' would create such a ruffle. Apparently, Irani stuck on to the word 'dear' and took huge offence because of such a salutation. We are still wondering why!
@AshokChoudhaary mahilaon ko 'dear' keh ke kab se sambodhit karne lage Ashokji ?— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 14, 2016
When did you start addressing women as 'dear', Ashokji? (Translated from Hindi)
The Bihar minister had his answer ready and asked Irani not to deviate from the topic
Not to disrespect but educate... Professional emails start with "dear". @smritiirani Ji Kabhi mudde pe jawab dijiye, don't circle around it.— Dr. Ashok Choudhary (@AshokChoudhaary) June 14, 2016
The conversation then took a different turn when Smriti started talking about a earlier meeting between the two and went all out criticising Mr Choudhary
@AshokChoudhaary all my communications to you or any other person start with 'adarniya' but since you are now communicating allow me 1/3— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 14, 2016
She delivered the perfect insult to the Bihar HRD minister in this tweet
@AshokChoudhaary Bihar is possibly the only state which has not done grass root consultations for the education policy 2/3— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 14, 2016
@AshokChoudhaary have not received state views on education policy neither did you in your 1 on 1 meeting with me give any suggestions 3/3— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 14, 2016
Mr Choudhary seemed pretty confident and ready to take on the challenge
@smritiirani Request you to make public Minutes of our one-on-one meeting..... Doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani ho jayega.— Dr. Ashok Choudhary (@AshokChoudhaary) June 14, 2016
@AshokChoudhaary Sir il make it public now - requested you to fill 2 lac teacher vacancies, land for KVs, CU Motihari.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 14, 2016
Choudhary was not willing to bow down and seemed pretty headstrong. Seems like the Union HRD Minister has got a befitting competitor
@smritiirani "I know how to deliver on my promises. Request you to deliver on what you have promised".— Dr. Ashok Choudhary (@AshokChoudhaary) June 14, 2016
This time he delivered a double blow. Targeting Irani, his trajectory now expanded to PM Modi and he took a dig at the Sangh Parivar, claiming the Modi rule was all about fake promises. Notice, by no he is no longer using the 'dear' prefix.
"@smritiirani ji has learnt a lot from Modiji...Fake promises and shifting blames to others for non-delivery is lesson1 in Sangh's book"— Dr. Ashok Choudhary (@AshokChoudhaary) June 14, 2016
@AshokChoudhaary would you rather Sir that I don't consult Bihar, if that is your stand then I shall comply though with a sense of regret.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 14, 2016
He was not ready to end the fight though and reminded Smriti Irani of the primary issue at hand again
@smritiirani at least decide your stand.. I just shared you your ministery's link of our consultantion.. pls see that tweet again.— Dr. Ashok Choudhary (@AshokChoudhaary) June 14, 2016
@smritiirani once again mam I have to reiterate myself for you. Pls don't circle around the problem address the elephant in the room.— Dr. Ashok Choudhary (@AshokChoudhaary) June 14, 2016
Meanwhile, Twitter was quick to take her class and many criticised her for overreacting and for her hypocrisy:
*Drumrolls*India's education minister thinks that only men can be addressed as 'dear' and not women. pic.twitter.com/RDFODduXBo— Truth Of Gujarat (@TruthOfGujarat) June 14, 2016
Dear @smritiirani ji are you full of hypocrisy ?Pic 1: What u didPic 2: What u do when others do the same pic.twitter.com/B7ireMmVuk— Siddharth Mazumdar (@mazumdar_sid) June 14, 2016
Here comes the example of PM Modi again
Even after a lot of criticism coming her way, Irani remain unfazed and gave an epic reply to a Twitter user. No doubts who is the queen of sass here!
Grammar theek karo beta https://t.co/shpoOlnnEf— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 14, 2016