Did an Upset BJP Cancel Swamy’s Mumbai Lecture? 

PM Narendra Modi on Monday disapproved of Subramanian Swamy’s attacks on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.

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BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. (Photo: PTI)

Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy’s lecture in Mumbai to mark the 41st anniversary of the Emergency was cancelled on Sunday. The call to cancel Swamy’s event according to Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar was taken by the local party unit.

However, according to a report published in Firstpost, Amit Shah himself is believed to have called up Subramanian Swamy and asked him not to attend the function.

This is being viewed as an apparent attempt to show discontent over Swamy’s recent attacks on leaders from within the party. It is believed the party, miffed over his recent remarks, wanted to avoid a situation which could snowball into a new controversy.

However, Swamy has come out all guns blazing and denied the authenticity of any such reports.

Many leaders in the BJP are of the view that Swamy must be controlled as his comments are hampering the image of the government. However, they fear action against him will give the Opposition ammunition against the BJP while also giving a miffed Swamy more ground to attack individuals within the party, reports NDTV.

Very recently, Swamy had hit out at Finance Minister Jaitley’s Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subramanian and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikant Das. His remarks reportedly did not go down well within the party.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday disapproved of Swamy’s attacks on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, taking him on for his comments questioning Rajan’s patriotism. In an apparent reference to Swamy, he said, “If anybody considers himself above the system then it is wrong.”

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