Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, on Saturday lashed out at Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy for “undermining” waiters, saying the latter’s derogatory remark was “deplorable and classist”.
“So is there no dignity in being a Waiter ?!” Vadra wrote on Facebook. “The attention seeking BJP MP Swamy’s comment ‘Ministers who wear a coat and tie ‘look like waiters’ and must be instructed to wear Indian clothes.’ Undermining waiters who work hard for a living; making condescending and derogatory remarks about them is deplorable and classist (sic).”
Vadra’s reaction came after Swamy said the saffron party should direct “ministers to wear traditional and modernised Indian clothes while abroad” and added that “in coat and tie they look like waiters”.
In an apparent swipe at Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, whose photographs of meeting with the Bank of China chairman Tian Guoli in Beijing in a lounge suit appeared in newspapers, Swamy asked the BJP to advise ministers to wear traditional and modernised Indian cloths when abroad.
Swamy has been critical of the finance ministry over the past couple of days and has been mounting attacks on its officials via Twitter.