A day after leaders of the Opposition in the two Houses of Parliament Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley spoke in different voices on the Prime Minister’s role in the appointment of PJ Thomas as the CVC, Swaraj tried to play down the “differences” blaming them on Twitter.
“There is no difference within the party. Newspapers have tried to show the difference between Jaitley and I. The only difference is that he demanded a statement from the PM in the Parliament,” Swaraj said. “In fact, PM had said that he would make a statement in the Parliament. That is why I did not put it on the Twitter... There is a constraint in Twitter that you have to say things in 140 characters. So I did not put it on the Twitter,” she said.
On Friday, Jaitley had demanded answers from the PM on Thomas’ appointment, while Swaraj had suggested that it was time to move on.
Days before this matter, the two leaders had spoken in different voices when the Prime Minister had announced the formation of a JPC to probe the 2G scam in Parliament.
What triggered the latest controversy on Friday was Swaraj’s tweet differing from Jaitley’s televised statements.
Swaraj tweeted: “I appreciate the statement of the PM owning responsibility for the appointment of the CVC, which has been quashed by the Supreme Court. I think this is enough. Let matters rest at this and we move forward.”
Jaitley said on TV: “I don’t think the Prime Minister and the Home Minister are entitled to the benefit of the doubt. He (PM) can't hide behind silence.”
He asked the PM to answer two questions: was he misled (by the Home Minister) or did he allow himself to be misled.