Patna/New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Bihar Education Minister Ashok Choudhary were on Tuesday locked in a bitter war of words on Twitter after the Congress
leader addressed her as "dear".
Issues of etiquette in official communication also cropped up during the barrage of tweets unleashed against each other.
Choudhary in a tweet on Tuesday referred to the Human Resources Development (HRD) minister as "Dear" Smriti Irani ji and said that rather than focus on politics and speeches, she should pay attention to the New Education Policy (NEP).
Irani, who is currently touring Bihar, shot back asking Choudhary that since when did he begin addressing women as "dear". "Mahilaon ko 'dear' keh ke kab se sambodhit karne lage Ashokji?"
@AshokChoudhaary mahilaon ko 'dear' keh ke kab se sambodhit karne lage Ashokji ?
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 14, 2016
Choudhary, who is also the state president of Congress, responded that it was "Not to disrespect but educate... Professional emails start with "dear"." In his tweet, he asked Irani to answer the real issue and not "circle around it."
"@AshokChoudhaary all my communications to you or any other person start with 'adarniya', but since you are now communicating allow me 1/3," Irani said in another tweet.
"Bihar is possibly the only state which has not done grass root consultations for the education policy 2/3."
"@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," Irani tweeted.
Yadav, however, launched a counter-attack, tweeting, "@smritiirani ji has learnt a lot from Modiji...Fake promises and shifting blames to others for non-delivery is lesson1 in Sangh's book."
Choudhary also wanted the minutes of his meeting with Irani be made public so that "Doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani ho jayega (the truth comes out in the open)."
Irani again fired another tweet, saying "Sir I hope you do find time in your busy schedule to contribute to the education policy. Await state feedback."
The Bihar minister then responded with a jibe, tweeting "Thx for the high honor, glad to know delivery and non- delivery of NEP is on me. Hope Modiji shares the credit with me too."
The battle of the ministers did not stop there with Irani asking the Bihar minister to "fill 2 lac teacher vacancies, land for KVs, CU Motihari."
Choudhary responded, saying "I know how to deliver on my promises. Request you to deliver on what you have promised".
The war of words erupted on a day when Irani was on a visit to Bhagalpur in connection with "Vikash Parv" observed by BJP-led NDA on completion of two years in the office at the Centre.
First Published On : Jun 14, 2016 19:29 IST