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Told by party leaders to shut up, Subramanian Swamy says 'few tweets for 1 week'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 July 2016, 7:47 IST

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said on Friday that he would avoid Twitter for one week.

According to party sources, this is because he has been "advised by the organisation" to go slow and to "not embarrass the government and the party".

Swamy is known for controversial, rapid-fire tweets. He had accused RBI governor Raghuram Rajan of not being Indian enough, and then began attacking finance minister Arun Jaitley via tweets on economic affairs.

According to The Indian Express, on Friday afternoon, Swamy tweeted: "Now Ram Temple, NH (National Herald), Impleading in Swami Dayananda's WP (Writ Petition) in SC, Aircel Maxis, CSK (Chennai Super Kings) ban etc requires me to concentrate. So few tweets for 1 week."

Before that, however, he had attacked Jaitley again with this tweet: "If I apply Samuelson-Swamy Theory of Index Numbers to India's GDP calculation or RBI interests rates, media will scream anti party activity!"

Leaders of the BJP believe Swamy has passed the "limits of decency" and is "weakening the foundations of the government" by publicly targeting officials and attacking senior ministers.

In an interview with a news channel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "Whether it is in my party or not, I think such things are inappropriate. This fondness for publicity is never going to do any good to the nation. People should conduct themselves with utmost responsibility. If anybody considers himself above the system, it is wrong. I am very clear about this."

First published: 2 July 2016, 7:47 IST