A day after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy issued a statement on Twitter asking Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to run for cover, the Congress leader demanded for an apology from Swamy during his address in Rajya Sabha on 9 May.
On 6 May, Swamy had stated that the Rajya Sabha had approved all the documents he claimed to have quoted from, while discussing AgustaWestland scam in the upper house of the Parliament.
This is what Swamy wrote on his Twitter handle:
Rajya Sabha has approved my documents. Jairam Ramesh run for cover pic.twitter.com/kwhBgYKjLJ— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) May 7, 2016
However, Jairam Ramesh slammed the BJP leader for misguiding the house. He said, "bulletin says that the papers authenticated by Swamy were laid on the table of the house. In my understanding is that the Rajya Sabha secretariat says that the documents are laid on the table. They will be available for scrutiny. My question is to the honourable chairman, has the Rajya Sabha really approved Dr Swamy's documents?"
He added, "If the Rajya Sabha has not approved the documents, I demand an apology from the member of Rajya Sabha, Dr. Subramanian Swamy."
He also said that one can expunge statements from records in the house but it could not be expunged from social media.
Swamy responded by saying, "Twitter is between me and my followers. Mr Jairam Ramesh is a follower of some Buddhu, he is not my follower. The honour and dignity of the chair of the chairman should not be questioned. It is wrong to bring the chairman into the controversy when he is not even presiding the session".